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Long Island Power Grid To Get $1.4B In Upgrades

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The electrical system on Long Island is getting $1.4 billion in federally-paid repairs and upgrades in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Friday. He says it will “dramatically improve” the power grid on Long Island. It suffered widespread and sometimes weeks-long outages after the October 2012 storm.

The work will include raising substations to avoid flooding, improving the switching system to minimize outages and putting some power circuits underground.

Most of the money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The rest is from some other federal funds for Sandy recovery.

Meanwhile, PSEG of New Jersey took over running the Long Island Power Authority’s grid in January.

PSEG representatives didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages about the funding announcement.

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