Tarrytown Resident Sues Con Edison Over Sandy Response

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Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to several areas in Tarrytown, including Route 9 just south of the Irving neighborhood. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The residents of Tarrytown's Irving neighborhood have been without power for 11 days – and they say enough is enough.

Tarrytown resident and Manhattan attorney Richard Hershman has filed a lawsuit against Con Edison for not restoring power sooner and giving residents bad information. Many of the neighborhood's residents are considering joining in the lawsuit, Hershman said.

“They've got to be held accountable,” he said.
Hershman lives on Paulding Avenue and says Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to the small neighborhood of about 40 homes on Oct. 29. Several  wires were brought down by the storm.

Residents waited several days for power to be restored, but it didn't happen, Hershman said.
“We were trying desperately to get Con Edison to come down and do something and getting absolutely no responses and getting information that was misleading,” Hershman said.

Hershman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court.

The small neighborhood was still without power on Thursday morning. Village officials said 11 trucks and 20 workers were in the area at 4 p.m., but it was unclear whether they were working to restore power to the neighborhood. Hershman said crews had been in the neighborhood earlier to guard live wires and look at the damage.

Neighbors have been using generators and portable heaters to stay warm. Others have checked into hotels instead of staying in the powerless area.

“It's just very difficult,” Hershman said.

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