Clarkson President Named to Hurricane Sandy Commission

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Many New Yorkers aren't happy with the way power companies prepared for and responded to Hurricane Sandy.

"The guys from out-of-state told us this thing was held together with bubble gum and haywire," said Long Island resident Chuck Martinson.

And among those unhappy is Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"I think they were not prepared. I think they were non-communicative in their response," he said.

Now the governor has named a commission to investigate how power companies handled Hurricane Sandy and other recent storms.

The panel includes Clarkson University President Dr. Tony Collins. 

He's looking forward to providing a north country perspective.

"Coupling more extreme weather with an aging infrastructure - it's a formula that we saw come literally to a crisis around New York City," said Collins.

But Governor Cuomo says Albany's own overlapping energy agencies may have contributed to the confusion. 

Collins says the state should take a look.

"Rules and regulations can help or impede progress - so we need to take that step back and work out what happened under these conditions and see if we can do better," said Collins.

So far we don't know when the commission is supposed to meet or issue its report. 

Collins says one thing is important - not to jump to any conclusions.

See our earlier report

Thursday, September 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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