PSEG Long Island
The Tutinos called in an electrician, who told the family their condo was not properly grounded to their utility’s wiring.
PSEG Long Island said it hopes to have everyone’s power restored by Thursday night.
The utility said the majority of the remaining outages are in Brookhaven, Smithtown and Southold, all of which sustained severe damage to trees, power lines and utility poles.
An early morning storm has knocked out power to thousands of customers on Long Island and snarled rail service for LIRR riders.
Con Edison crews worked overnight to make repairs to the system, including fixing power lines that became so overheated, they caught on fire.
However, utility spokesman PSEG spokesman Jeffrey Weir pointed out the score was 10 percent higher than it was last year.
The Town of North Hempstead was complaining this week that PSEG Long Island continues to use harmful and cancer-causing chemicals on its utility poles.
In a detailed analysis, AARP accuses the utility of trying to shift certain expenses to ratepayers, many of whom, they claim, cannot afford it.
PSEG officials argued the three-year, $374 million rate hike request is really a modest one.
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday night that PSEG Long Island has agreed to keep new electrical cable underground in Garden City, rather than erecting what some critics have called “monster poles.”
Residents of Garden City, Long Island took PSEG to task Saturday, saying they do not want what they call “monster” utility poles in their neighborhoods.
Sen. Charles Schumer has added his voice to a growing chorus of elected officials and residents expressing concern about the use of a pesticide on wooden utility poles.
Power is going high-tech on Long Island, as PSEG rolls out a new way of measuring electricity use. But some are worried that the new meters might be invading their privacy.
PSEG officials say they need the $440 million generated by the increase to expand maintenance programs and fund new system upgrades.
The extreme cold will last throughout the weekend with Sunday being the worse for some areas where it will feel like below zero.