One consequence of New York Metropolis’s Saturday night time blackout: It shined a shiny highlight on the tensions between two outstanding Democrats, the town’s mayor and the state’s governor.
As greater than 70,000 prospects — plus numerous vacationers and different guests — handled the lack of electrical energy attributed to a transformer fireplace, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who was in Iowa campaigning for president when the large blackout hit Manhattan.
“I can depend the variety of occasions I go away the state principally on my fingers,” Cuomo advised CNN, responding to a query concerning the significance of the mayor being in New York throughout an emergency.
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“Mayors are vital. And conditions like this come up, you realize. And you need to be on-site,” he stated. “I feel it’s vital to be in a spot the place you may at all times reply. However look, all people makes their very own political judgment and I’m not going to second-guess anybody both. I do my job the best way I feel I ought to do my job and I go away it to others to do the identical.”
“Mayors are vital. And conditions like this come up, you realize. And you need to be on-site.”
Though each are Democrats, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, left and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have had a strained relationship.
De Blasio was at a marketing campaign cease in Waterloo, Iowa, when an gear failure at a transformer substation shut off energy for tens of 1000’s of individuals in his metropolis.
The mayor first advised CNN he was mulling whether or not to return to New York, however later determined he would, in response to the Washington Examiner. He plans to fly again to the town Sunday morning, a spokesperson stated.
Late Saturday, the mayor issued a number of Twitter messages, indicating he was monitoring the scenario again dwelling.
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“With the ability again on, I’ve directed Metropolis companies to analyze this night’s blackout,” he wrote. “They’ll work with ConEd to resolve what occurred tonight and stop one other widespread outage like this.”
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In the meantime, the governor was in New York Metropolis, talking to reporters simply earlier than midnight. He confirmed that energy had been restored to all affected prospects.
“This might have been a lot worse,” Cuomo added, commending emergency responders. “When issues are at their worst New Yorkers are at their finest.”
The governor stated he could be working with utility firm Con Edison to verify a blackout of Saturday’s magnitude doesn’t occur once more.