One of the consequences of the blackout that took place on Saturday night in New York City: it highlighted the tensions between two prominent Democrats, the mayor of the city and the governor of the city. 39; State.
While more than 70,000 customers – as well as countless tourists and other visitors – have faced the loss of electricity due to a transformer fire, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has blasted the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning in Iowa for the presidency. the massive blackout hit Manhattan.
"I can count the number of times that I've left the state essentially between my fingers," Cuomo told CNN, in response to a question about the importance to the mayor of the city. to be in New York in case of emergency.
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"Mayors are important, and situations like this come up, you know, and you have to be there," he said. "I think it's important to be in a place where you can always react, but look, everyone has their own political judgment and I will not guess anyone either.I do my job as I think that I should do it and leave it to others to do the same. "
"Mayors are important, and there are situations like this, you know, and you have to be there."
De Blasio was at a country stop in Waterloo, Iowa, when a breakdown of equipment in a transformer station cut off the power of tens of thousands of people in his city.
The mayor first told CNN that he was planning to return to New York, but decided that he would do so later, according to the Washington Examiner. He plans to return to the city Sunday morning, said a spokesman.
On Saturday afternoon, the Mayor posted several messages on Twitter, stating that he was monitoring the situation at his home.
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"With the current restored, I ordered the city agencies to investigate the general blackout tonight," he wrote. "They will work with ConEd to shed light on what happened tonight and prevent another widespread outage of this type."
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Meanwhile, the governor was in New York and was addressing reporters shortly before midnight. He confirmed that electricity had been restored for all concerned customers.
"It could have been a lot worse," said Cuomo, congratulating the emergency responders. "When things go wrong, New Yorkers are at their best."
The governor announced that he will work with utility company Con Edison to ensure that a power outage of the magnitude of Saturday does not happen again.