Cuomo: 600 Solider to help with power restoration downstate

TROY, N.Y. – On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York National Guard to deploy an
additional 600 soldiers to assist in the restoration of the electrical
grid in Westchester and Rockland counties.

The soldiers,
assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division, headquartered in Troy, will begin moving
into their area of operations Friday and began their services Friday evening.

The new
mobilization will bring the strength of New York National Guard forces deployed
in response to Hurricane Sandy to over 3,400. Soldiers
will be based at the Camp Smith Training Site just north of Peekskill.

Approximately 100 soldiers will form a command
and control and logistics support center for the elements deployed in
Westchester and Rockland. The others will work with New
York State Electric and Gas, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Consolidated
Edison repair crews.

Thes oldiers will be trained to identify downed power lines and properly mark them
so that members of the public are not endangered as the repair process goes
forward. Cuomo says allocating soldiers to this mission will free up utility employees to
do the important technical work.

Initially
about 100 soldiers will be assigned to work with New York State Electric and Gas
crews, while 160 will work with Consolidated Edison and 160 will work with
Orange and Rockland.

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