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I've lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley, London, and, briefly, central Wisconsin. In all my combined years in those places, I experienced fewer power outages than in my 12 months in Beacon.

Hats off to the fine folks of Central Hudson for managing to keep the power on most of the time, and for never taking less than forever to get it back on when it fails!

Honestly, sometimes we feel as though in Pakistan or something. Anyone share this feeling? Anyone up to marching on their headquarters with pitchforks and torches?

As of 12:25 on Tuesday, I have just left a message expressing my intense dissatisfaction with the service Central Hudson provides on the voicemail of Susan Royce, Director of Consumer Outreach, (845) 486-5527. I urge others to do likewise.

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must be particular to where you are in Beacon - I've been here since 2001, and I've lost power only 4 times - and that includes the massive Northeast blackout.
Chuck, how long was the power off? I ask because it was off at City Hall AND the train station. I wonder if the police were patrolling at all to see the safety issue of many people (Yankee game too) coming off the train in the dark. The MTA police were in their office because (as usual) a car of lit and running for at least a half an hour in front of it. And yet, hundreds of people came off the train into pitch dark, having to do stairs and tunnels and walkways in the dark. Unbelievable since it was hours after the storm.
Birdy,

It went off at 8.30pm (halfway through Bill Maher, much to my disgust), and came back on at 3.15am. Not a short amount of time. Central Hudson are completely useless, but they can be because they have no competition. In the UK their monopoly on such a large area wouldn't be allowed.

Claire

Birdy said:
Chuck, how long was the power off? I ask because it was off at City Hall AND the train station. I wonder if the police were patrolling at all to see the safety issue of many people (Yankee game too) coming off the train in the dark. The MTA police were in their office because (as usual) a car of lit and running for at least a half an hour in front of it. And yet, hundreds of people came off the train into pitch dark, having to do stairs and tunnels and walkways in the dark. Unbelievable since it was hours after the storm.
I have just phoned Central Hudson to try to complain formally at the highest level. I held and held and held and held, and finally got a live person who, when she heard what I wanted, put me on hold for another 10 minutes before coming back and telling me that she'd advised someone or other of "my concern." In other words, take a hike, Chuck; we can treat our customers as we please.

Call me a cockeyed optimist. I can't help but imagine that if a great many of us were raising our voices as one, they might be marginally more responsive.
wow, I was lucky here as I didn't lose power at all - just saw an article on pojo news that said some customers in Beacon did not get power until 6AM - and Central Hudson was pretty much patting themselves on the back !
I understand that the weather causes problems. I also understand it to be the 21st century. Nowhere else that I've lived has the public utility company found it so very, very difficult to keep the lights on.

Charlene Vesuvius said:
Also I heard on the news that Indian Point number 3 was shut down due to power outage related to a lightening strike on this side of the river. Seems the weather was the main factor there and here.
We got off the same train, 12:45. The MTA cop car was sitting in front of the office with the motor running and lights on, but no people in it. My friend said it was like that when she came to get us. So there was cop there. I can't believe our regular cops didn't make sure there was at least someone with a flashlight. You know when the trains come in, its not like you have to stand there for the full time. Just twice an hour for 5 minutes.

The stairs, platform, everything pitch black.
What a crazy beautiful lightning storm! I watched the show from my neighbor's back deck (even though there's a much better view from my deck;^) Afterwards I ran home to take my clothes of the line and the wind picked up and a bit of rain fell, and my lights flickered a few times but stayed on. When I was a kid and the lights went out, usually in a summer storm, it was second only to a snow day in fabulousness. Flashlights, candles, cereal for dinner! Glad to hear everyone's still alive and, most important, is safely back online!
You may well be right. My beef is that, thanks to the fine folks of Central Hudson, the world of western Beacon is just slightly less modern than the rest of it. Candlelight's loveliest when voluntary.
PLEASE RETURN..... GO BACK ..... YOU ARE A SCAM
Where's Kelly Kingman at a moment like this, a moment in which this awful person is calling me names? I thought this sort of thing was going to be banned! I thought this was going to be a kindler, gentler BCN!
A scam is a deceitful enterprise intended to produce a profit. I profit only from my friends' and neighbors' delighted amusement at my impish postings; no money has changed hands.

And how very odd that poor Ray should vent his spleen in this discussion, in which I have been nothing but serious, rather than in one of the more likely ones.

Charlie St. Helens said:
Chuck, someone last week suggested somebody else enjoyed killing beautiful songbirds. Nothing happened. Don't expect Kelly to give you any satisfaction just for being called a scam. On the other hand, if I were to call you a cheesehead or a lout or a quack or a purveyor of porn (pop), that might get me booted.

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