Andy MattisonApr 26, 2018, 10:49 pmApr 27, 2018, 2:48 pm

Carmel residents who were left in the dark tell their stories to state officials

The Department of Public Service is investigating power companies’ response to outages during winter storms

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CARMEL — Hudson Valley residents continue discussions about the power companies’ storm response with state officials on Thursday.

"There were a number of businesses that were out for up to at least six days," said Faith Ann Butcher, chairwoman of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

Residents and public officials from across Putnam shared their stories of being without power for several days, describing a slow response by NYSEG to get power restored.

Thursday's hearings in Putnam wrap up a week of hearings across the Hudson Valley as state officials get testimonies from residents about the storm response this past winter.

"It was a wide range of performance amongst the utilities, with some utilities providing accurate estimated times of restoration and relatively timely restoration while others lagged," said Laurie Cornelius with the NYS Department of Public Service.

The Department of Public Service did not comment on any specifics because of the ongoing investigation.

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