Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday evening announced the state was deploying 200 State Troopers and support to central Brooklyn amid power outages the capped a sweltering weekend of excessively hot temperatures and humidity.
And Cuomo in a statement indicated he was exasperated with the performance of utility Con Edison, which had already come under his scrutiny following a blackout in parts of Manhattan earlier this month.
Cuomo’s office announced the state had sent 100 generators and 50 light towers to five neighborhoods to help deal with the power outage as well as support personnel and command vehicles from the State Office of Emergency Management.
The power outage, affecting about 35,000 customers, began when the Brooklyn Queens Control Center had to shed a grid to relieve overloaded portions of the system.
“We have been through this situation with Con Ed time and again, and they should have been better prepared — period,” Cuomo said. “This was not a natural disaster; there is no excuse for what has happened in Brooklyn.”