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Con Ed, LIPA Subpoenaed Over Sandy Work



The utility companies Consolidated Edison and Long Island Power Authority confirmed Wednesday they received subpoenas from the state attorney general and were cooperating with his investigation into their preparation for and response to Superstorm Sandy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

An official familiar with the investigation said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seeks plans and performance records on restoring power, communicating with customers without power and other aspects of the utilities’ responses to the storm. The official wasn’t authorized to speak during the investigation and requested anonymity.

The superstorm, formed when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other weather systems, killed more than 100 people in 10 states but vented the worst of its fury on New York and New Jersey, where beach towns were flooded and power was knocked out to thousands of homes and businesses. It sapped electricity for more than 2 million New York customers alone.

Con Ed said it looked forward “to reviewing he company’s storm preparations and response with the attorney general and all interested parties.” LIPA has reviewed the attorney general’s subpoena and intends to “comply with it in all respects,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said.

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