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December 5, 2018 - Long Lake residents: Recent power outages dangerous, answers needed

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More than 40 residents turned out to the Long Lake Town Board meeting held on Nov. 29, demanding answers as to why there have been so many recent power outages, lack of phone and Internet service.

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

LONG LAKE — More than 40 residents turned out to the Long Lake Town Board meeting held on Nov. 29, demanding answers as to why there have been so many recent power outages, lack of phone and internet service.

Specifically, their complaints were about electric power being out on Nov. 10 for four hours (1:52 p.m. to 6:09 p.m.). During that time there was no Frontier telephones or internet and no AT&T cell phones. Similarly, on Nov. 23, there was another power outage for six hours (8:43 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.). During this power outage there was no Frontier telephones, internet nor AT&T cell phones.

Town Supervisor Clark Seaman met the disgruntled residents head on by saying he was as upset as they were about the lousy service from Frontier and New York Start Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG).

Seaman said, “I have been in contact with NYSEG, the New York State Power Authority and the Governor’s office. I have filed complaints with NYSEG and the Power Authority, to no avail. County supervisors are trying to set a date for a meeting with them. I, like you, can complain but I have not authority to force them to do anything. I can only recommend citizens, as many as possible, make their feelings known to the power company and the phone company.”

Many were concerned about how the recent power and phone outages could put people’s lives in danger.

To this issue, Seaman introduced Barbara Taylor, who is working with Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service and the County Emergency Preparedness Department to develop and coordinate an emergency preparedness program for such issues.

Taylor said this is a work in progress that will include an updated list of who the most vulnerable residents are during power outages.

Seaman said if the situation becomes dangerous and the need arises to provide a warm place during an extended power outage, she can open the Town Hall that does have a generator.

WHO TO CALL AND COMPLAIN

NYSEG says “If your electricity is out, report it by calling 800-572-1131. We’ll restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Always stay away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear dead can be energized. Also, stay out of flooded basements.”

NYSEG power outage website is – https://www.nyseg.com/wps/portal/nyseg/outages.

Their address and phone number are NYSEG, 6 Werner Rd, Halfmoon, NY 12065.

Phone: (518) 664-9534

National Grid power outage website is https://www1.nationalgridus.com/ReportOrCheckOutage

To report a power outage, call 1-800-867-5222.

Customer Service number is 1-800-642-4272.

Write them at National Grid, Customer Contact Center C-3, 300 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13202-4250.

New York Power Authority

123 Main Street, Corporate Communications, Mail Stop 10 B

White Plains, NY 10601-3170

(914) 681-6200

Email info@nypa.gov

Write or phone your Sen. James Tedisco at Room 803 LOB, Albany, NY, 12248 – phone 518-455-2181.

Write or phone your Assemblyman Marc Butler at Room 525 LOB, Albany, NY, 12248 – phone 518-866-1632.

On Jan. 1, Butler retires and will be replaced by Robert Smullen.

OTHER BUSINESS

The board approved renewing without any changes the E-911 contract with Herkimer County.

The board awarded the Propane Delivery contract for 2019 to Home Energy.

The board awarded the Fuel Oil and Kerosene Delivery contract for 2019 to Suburban Propane.

The Town Board will next meet on Dec. 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Hall.



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