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Nat'l. Grid Criticized For Storm Response

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State and local officials are taking issue with National Grid's response to a wind storm Friday that left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity. About 11,00 customers were still in the dark this morning. State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward has filed a complaint with the state Public Service Commission over what she calls National Grid's inadequate service and communication. Sayward represents Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties and part of Saratoga County. Sayward says crews didn't begin working to restore power in parts the district until two days after the storm. The Red Cross set up four shelters this weekend. Two were still open yesterday afternoon, one in Glens Falls and another in Johnsburg. About 300 people have used the shelters. That includes people who just grabbed a cup of coffee and people who stayed the night. Gregory Warner checked in with Chief Steve Studnicki of Johnsburg Fire Department yesterday afternoon. He said most people seemed to be coping on their own.

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Martha Foley
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