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Rep. Rose Joins Call for Investigation Into Con Edison's Failure in Preparing and Responding to Tropical Storm Isaias

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 -- Rep. Max Rose, D-New York, issued the following news release on Aug. 6:

As thousands of Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites continue to be without power following Tropical Storm Isaias and Consolidated Edison (ConEd) doesn't anticipate full restoration until Sunday, Congressman Max Rose is joining Governor Cuomo's call for an investigation into the utility company's preparation and response.

"For every Summer that I've been in office, ConEd has dropped the ball catastrophically," Rose said. "We cannot afford to repeat this after every major heat wave or storm. There must be a reckoning. There must be an investigation, and most importantly accountability to ensure this doesn't continue happening."

Tropic Storm Isaias left over 300,000 ConEd customers across New York City without power, including 29,000 on Staten Island and 16,000 in Brooklyn, the second largest in company history only behind Hurricane Sandy. Despite Tuesday's storm only lasting a few hours, ConEd estimates more than 16,000 constituents in the 11th Congressional District may not have power restored until late Sunday evening--five days after the storm.

Rose continued, "I thank the workers, first responders and everyone else who are working around the clock to get the power back on. Responsibility for ConEd's failures rests with those at the top and they have a lot to answer for. It is infuriating in the greatest city in the word, my office had to scramble to get ice to keep insulin cold and partner with the great NYPD to provide generators for those with life-threatening medical conditions and no power."

Yesterday, Rose joined New York City Police Department's (NYPD) Community Affairs Rapid Response Team to coordinate the delivery of several generators to New Yorkers with medical conditions suffering without who need electricity to survive.

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