Attorney general subpoenas ConEd, LIPA for Sandy response info

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Credit: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Getty))

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas Wednesday to ConEd and LIPA seeking information about preparation, response and recovery efforts during Hurricane Sandy, a source confirmed.

The investigation centers on whether the utilities lived up to obligations under state law to provide a safe supply of power in a reliable manner and provide adequate service through severe storms.

No individual employees of the entities were named.

This is the second wide-ranging investigation of utilities announced in as many days, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday said he created the Moreland Commission to probe storm responses.

The storm caused an estimated $33 billion in damage. Schneiderman's action also came a day after LIPA disclosed that chief operating officer Michael Hervey has resigned, effective Dec. 31.

Schneiderman's office declined to comment, but a source familiar with the document said the subpoenas are wide-ranging, touching on issues that include tree-trimming maintenance and communications with the public.

ConEd could be subject to a portion of state public service law that says utilities must provide adequate service through severe storms, the source said, adding that work on the probe began a week ago.

"We look forward to reviewing the company's storm preparations and are cooperating with the requests of the attorney general and all interested parties," Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said of the subpoena.

LIPA didn't immediately return requests for comment.

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