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Cuomo Proposes Stiffer Penalties On Utilities For Performance During Outages

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Mike Groll
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation that would increase penalties and requirements for utility companies during power outages.

Cuomo said the measure is a response to the devastation following Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this month that left many residents without power for over a week.

“The laws are too protective of the utility companies and that has to change,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said companies need to do a better job communicating extended outages with customers to give them accurate information for power restoration.

Utility companies currently face fines starting at $100,000 for their failure to respond to power outages properly.