George Oros, chief of staff for Westchester County Executive, sent out an mass email to constituents giving them an update on efforts to get electrical power restored in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Oros said Astorino is doing “the best he can.”
But is “enough” enough?
Hardly, according to one county resident who replied to Oros with a long, blistering email from an iPhone, saying this is the sixth time in five years that he’s lost power for four days or more. “How dare you?” he writes. This could go viral.
Greetings to all of you fortunate enough to have power or a means to read this email. Just wanted to update you on what the County Executive, Rob Astoino, has been doing. I would have contacted you all sooner, but it has been pretty much non stop for Rob and the team.
First of all, I hope and pray you and your loved ones are safe. This truly has been an unprecedented storm that has affected every corner of our county. Rob has been engaged with the utilities (ConEd and NYSEG) and is doing his best to work with them and other local officials to get everyone power and back to their normal lives.
Rob has been all over the county and the damage this storm has wrought is staggering. ConEd, for example, has cleared 200 roads of trees and wires. They estimate they have 600 to go. Overall, there is 5,600 separate issues for ConEd to handle in Westchester.
The bottom line is that Rob is doing the best he can to inform the people of Westchester of development in the wake of this storm. Increasingly, he is doing so on social networks, like Facebook (Facebook.com/RobAstorino) and Twitter (@RobAstorino), as well as radio and TV.
Please let your friends and neighbors know that we are all dealing with the same issues. In fact, Rob did not have power restored to his own home until late last night.
I know that is not comforting to those still waiting, but from so many angles–including speaking to the President of the United States for a much needed disaster declaration for our county–Rob is doing what he can to get Westchester back to normal.
Stay safe and please pass this information along. And by all means, if you have a question or comment, email me. Just be patient since I am on my County email and phone a lot these days and it may be a while before I can respond.
And the fury:
Greetings to you and Mr Astorino, and how dare you have the nerve to pen a kind note like this (below) from your Ivory Tower, while so many of us are cold and hungry in this terribly long aftermath of another damaging storm. We are out of touch with the news media except for newspapers, because we have no electrical power, no cable TV, no home phone, and no internet service. It’s really not your fault, we know that. We have been dealt another horrific weather disaster as we have several times before now.
But allow me to vent on behalf of myself, and so many others within the same “boat”. Your government taxes us at one of the highest rates in the country, yet you can’t provide your residents with a dependable service to cut down a tree and string up a new power line when the storm hits us hard. Why?
This is at least the 6th disaster that NY, Westchester, and the Metro area has encountered and suffered during the past 5 years.We continue to suffer for days and now a week or more and our local, county and state government and utility service fails us each and every time. Why?We have no electricity or heat in our house, and no fuel in our car.
Why?Two blocks behind our home, a tree fell over and took down the power lines last Monday evening during Superstorm Sandy, darkening the entire neighborhood of appx 120 homes. This is the 5th or 6th time in 5 years that our home has been without power for 4 days or more. It’s cold out…”