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Cuomo announces 1,900 additional utility workers coming to LI
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today an additional 1,900 utility workers are being sent to Long Island to help restore power — including crews from 11 states.
The governor, who is set to visit Long Beach and Lindenhurst this afternoon, said 1,200 National Grid employees who have been working upstate will be redeployed to Nassau and Suffolk counties. Another 300 New York Power Authority lineman and equipment operators will be sent to the Island.
Further, crews from Iowa, Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, Wisconsin, California, Tennessee, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Florida, and Indiana will also join the effort.
“Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island and the New York metro area particularly hard, and we must direct our resources to where they are needed the most and can help the most people,” Cuomo said in a statement. "[We] will bring line crews from upstate and other parts of the country to downstate communities still in the dark, so we can restore power to affected homes and businesses as soon as possible.”