NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and Rep. Anthony Weiner called on Con Edison Monday to move power lines in Queens underground.

Both officials cited damage in the Middle Village section following the tornadoes and macroburst that struck the area in September as reason for relocating the power lines.

Crowley said the tornadoes “highlighted the vulnerability that we have with our overhead power lines.”

“Many of them came down with fallen trees and countless fires were sparked because the live power lines were brought down,” Crowley told WCBS 880.

Customers in areas with overhead wires were left without power for days while those being served by underground lines were largely unaffected by the outages.

“What we’re asking is for them to get moving into the 21st century in the communities of Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and put the overhead power lines underground,” Crowley said.

However, responding Monday evening, Con Edison said that changes would cost around $6 million per mile. That figure would total about $715 million just for Middle Village.

Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said if the neighborhood had underground electrical service, it would cost residential customers $7,500 each to connect to the service. That cost would be $20,000 for commercial customers.

Comments (7)
  1. Mark M says:

    Why is this even newsworthy??

  2. Same says:

    Weiner coupld’t think things through if it was the last thing he did. I’m glad Con Ed pointed out the cost. though I’m sure weiner don’t care about hot much it will cost the customers to have lines put underground. Not tell me Anthone, just hoe many times in the last year, 5 years, decade, fifty years have we had tornados going thought NYC? Not you tel lme the cost and the reward for making us all pay for putting lines underground.

  3. Steve M. says:

    Pant the lines underground like a civilized society? And put all those Con ED repairmen out of work? No way! Let’s resist change whenever we can!

    1. Terry C. says:

      Yeah cause Con Ed workers NEVER dig up the street to repair underground lines? I have also NEVER seen Verizon, or National Grid workers underground either. Did you think that comment through.

  4. Paul Kohloff says:

    whos going to pay for it,these politicians crack me up,it just shows how much of a ass hole they really are

  5. Raissa Castillo says:

    why not invent the con edison laser connection. You know like laser beams, and take all the cables out of the trees, from poles and underground. You know like wireless electricity.

  6. Roger says:

    Why don’t we plant underground trees while were at it. How often do we get tornadoes? So you were inconvenienced for a couple of days. Stop crying and move to where the electric is underground. The overhead system is so much more reliable and easier to restore then the underground.

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