The Big Apple goes dark again, prompting calls for investigation by Mayor de Blasio


While many are blaming a recent heatwave for New York City’s power grid woes, authorities are calling for an investigation into the matter.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been openly criticized by his constituents over the course of the last few weeks, as he continues his likely-futile run for the 2020 democratic presidential nomination.  His absence from New York City, for what many believe is little more than a political folly, comes at a time in which residents are being denied service from their power provider – a potentially deadly decision given the recent, record-breaking weather event in the United States.

Mayor de Blasio is not happy about the move, either.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio called for an investigation Monday of power outages that came at the end of this weekend’s oppressive heat, saying he no longer trusts utility Con Edison after it decided to turn off power to thousands of customers.

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Around 30,000 customers in Brooklyn were taken off power Sunday, so the utility could make repairs and prevent a bigger outage, de Blasio had said earlier.

On Monday, he offered a blistering assessment of that decision.

“This should not have happened,” he told reporters, “and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

His language turned ever more stern as he spoke.

De Blasio said the private company is “not accountable to the public in a way a public agency would be.”

“Con Ed is very haughty about this,” the mayor said. “They don’t give real answers, and they don’t feel they have to.”

The company defended its decision, saying in a statement to The Associated Press that it was “necessary to prevent longer outages to the impacted customers that would have occurred as a result of additional equipment damage.”

De Blasio has instructed local authorities to monitor the situation as particularly sensitive locations, such as nursing homes and adult-care facilities.

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