NYSEG and RG&E Personnel Assisting With Natural Gas Service Restoration on Long Island
– More than 70 NYSEG and RG&E gas fitters, gas supervisors, field service representatives and garage mechanics are now supporting natural gas service restoration on Long Island as National Grid continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy. About one-third of the NYSEG and RG&E employees arrived on Long Island on Monday, November 26; the remainder arrived there last Friday.
“It is essential that utilities support one another in the recovery effort following this destructive storm,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “National Grid would be there for us and we are there for them.”
The NYSEG employees are from Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton, Elmira, Auburn, Geneva, Lockport, Olean, Hornell, Oneonta, Norwich and Liberty.
In mid-November, NYSEG and RG&E sent 70 electric line crews and numerous support personnel to help National Grid and Con Edison restore service in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and NYSEG sent 15 gas fitters and three supervisors to help National Grid restore natural gas service in Queens. Those line crews and support personnel returned home by November 19 and this initial contingent of natural gas workers returned home on November 21.
NYSEG has also provided large quantities of poles, transformers and natural gas regulators to Con Edison to support power and natural gas service restoration in New York City.