ALBANY — As sure as the soggy ground will dry out, the transit of Tropical Storm Irene is prompting recriminations about recovery efforts and squabbling over resources.
While millions of New Yorkers continue to recover from devastating floods, a handful of legislators and politicos have trained their rhetorical sights on targets ranging from major power companies to elected officials — up to and including the Obama administration.
“This is not a third-world country,” said Hudson Valley Republican Sen. Greg Ball, who is planning a public forum for 2 p.m. Saturday in Putnam Valley to examine what he said are delays in getting the power back on in some parts of his suburban and rural district.
“Virtually everyone in the community is outraged by what they see as the lack of response,” said GOP Assemblyman Robert Castelli, who like Ball represents parts of northern Westchester County.
The lawmakers complained one of the local power companies, New York State Electric and Gas, has taken too long to restore power. Castelli noted his area is also serviced by Con Edison, who managed to get nearly all of its customers back on line by midweek, compared to 16 percent of NYSEG customers who lost power. (READ MORE)