New York power outage affects 72,000 people

Rockefeller center power outage

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"Over the next several days and weeks, our engineers and planners will carefully examine the data and equipment performance relating to this event, and will share our findings with regulators and the public".

Officials in New York City still don't know what caused the massive, hours-long blackout Saturday evening. "The relay protection system is designed with redundancies to provide high levels of reliability".

Read the full report at the New York Post.

De Blasio defended his absence to reporters on Sunday and said: "I was going to have to provide guidance wherever I was".

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who was campaigning for president in Iowa, said he believed a mechanical issue caused the problem. At a news conference Sunday, De Blasio defended himself against criticism for not being in NY when the blackout hit.

"Con Ed does not have a franchise granted by God - you can look through the Bible", Cuomo said on WCBS radio, according to the Post. "And again with email, with cellphones, I'm in regular touch with my folks confirming the situation's being handled properly". It also stalled elevators and subway cars.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity should investigate the work being done by Con Edison to maintain and upgrade the city's power grid.

Jennifer Lopez felt especially bad about having to call off her MSG show a mere 20 minutes in.

"Every city has to make an assessment about whether emergency preparedness requires backup, and things aren't flawless", Apt said.

Sidewalks in Times Square that are usually crowded with tourists on a balmy summer Saturday night were overflowing as Broadway theatres cancelled performances.

"I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street".

A Reuters witness reported hearing an explosion on the Upper West Side around 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), and a city Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were on the scene of a transformer fire.

Karen Janowsky, a vendor selling rain gear at a street fair in Rockefeller Center, said her setup equipment was stolen while she went to her vehicle to pack her ponchos. "If I don't get a firm answer forthwith, I'll go speak to Mr ConEd myself".

Lopez congratulated Lloyd for her team's win and then told the athlete, "I've got a little present for you. When the lights went out, I was one minute from getting my vehicle in the garage".

At the time of the power outage, Jennifer was ready to take the stage at Madison Square Garden.

"It was scary", she said.

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