Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The cost of Hurricane Sandy continues to climb. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the damages are now totaling $33-billion. The governor is focused on getting power restored and holding the utility companies accountable.
Governor Cuomo made it very clear on Thursday that he’s not happy with the utility companies and says they’ve failed New Yorkers.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still without power downstate and some took another blow with the recent nor’easter.
Cuomo says he’s been harsh with the utility companies and says they were unprepared and ran out of materials in the wake of the storm.
“They ran out of poles…How can you run out of poles?” Cuomo said. “They failed, they have failed the consumers. The management has failed the consumers. It’s that simple.”
“When you don’t pay your bill you failed as a consumer; you failed as a subscriber; you failed in your obligation and your contractual agreement. They have an obligation, too, and they had a contractual agreement, too, and they failed. They were supposed to be prepared. This is what they get paid to do,” Cuomo continued.
The lack of power has been causing a big problem for gas stations that don’t have the ability to pump gas, meaning very long lines at stations without power. Because of that, Cuomo has put a plan into place to try and coordinate the long lines.
The U.S. Postal Service is doing its part to help as well.
This Saturday, letter carriers will collect canned good and other non-perishable items left in mailboxes. Glass items will not be accepted. Your donations will be taken to the Food Bank of New York, which serves more than 400 pantries and kitchens in the five boroughs of New York City.