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Thousands Begin Week Without Power Amid Calls For Utility CEOs To Resign

John Minchillo
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Assoicated Press
Residents survey damage in Westport, Connecticut.

Parts of Connecticut and Long Island continue to struggle without power six days days after Tropical Storm Isaias.
There are calls from elected officials for the CEOs of Eversource in Connecticut and PSEG-Long Island to resign because of their utilities’ response to the storm, including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of Long Island.

While the utilities say most customers have been restored, it will be until Tuesday night before power is restored to everyone.

Eversource promised customers that 90% of the outages would be restored by Sunday night.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened a probe into PSEG-Long Island's response to the storm to see if any state laws were broken.  Both the New York State Assembly and state Senate have said their would be an investigation and hearings into the response.

State Senator Jim Gaughran said he wants answers.

“Why do we not have a communication system that works? And we have to immediately figure that out and force them to bring in a communication system that works because we’re at the beginning of this storm season,” he said.

Gaughran called it disgraceful that some constituents in his north shore district could not reach PSEG after the storm, even though they’re on a medical priority list. He said he is concerned about how the utility will respond after a major hurricane.

Terry Sheridan is a Peabody-nominated, award-winning journalist. As Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.