Investigation Begins Into Manhattan Power Outage


It wasn’t terrorism or a strain on the electrical grid, but we still don’t know the case of Saturday night’s power outage in midtown.

It left tens of thousands in the dark, stranded subway riders and forced the cancellation of concerts and Broadway shows.

“All pertinent city agencies are going to work closely with Con Edison to figure out exactly what happened, exactly how we can make sure it does not happen again,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The power was out for five hours on Saturday night and left people in the dark for a 40 block stretch of Midtown. Con Edison said it could take weeks to find out exactly what went wrong.

“We at Con Ed sincerely regret the power disruption and the impact it had on the lives and businesses of the people of this great city,” Con Ed President Tim Cawley said.

Mayor de Blasio was campaigning in Iowa at the time of the power outage. He didn’t return to New York City until Sunday morning, but insists he was always in charge.

“I'm staying in touch with my team. I'm making sure things are being handled. As each of those situations was happening yesterday I was getting a report,” de Blasio said.

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