Scott Heins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York City is facing “Russian roulette” with future power outages, the governor warned Monday in the wake of this weekend’s massive blackout that left a swath of Manhattan in the dark.“Blackouts cannot happen. They cannot happen in the city of New York and they can’t happen for no reason,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer on Monday. “We were lucky that nobody died.”The five-hour long Saturday night outage impacted 73,000 customers in midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, trapping people in elevators and on subway trains, blacking out Times Square and leaving New Yorkers sweating in their apartments. All systems have since been restored.While officials said no injuries or hospitalizations were reported, Cuomo called the blackout “a serious public safety risk.”“People could have died, there could have been chaos, could have been looting,” Cuomo told WNYC.A cyber-attack was ruled out, but the cause of the blackout remains unknown. Cuomo said he’s launching an independent investigation.“When I was there with Con Ed once the power was restored, I debriefed and toured the facility. But I want an independent investigation to determine what happened,” he said. “Because it can’t happen again.”Cuomo said Con Edison was preaching patience after the blackout hit, but the governor said, “With public safety, we don’t have to be patient, we shouldn’t be patient.”“We need performance, we pay Con Ed,” Cuomo told WNYC. “When people get their bills, they can’t say to be patient. This is a vital service they’re providing. That’s why they’re regulated. That’s why it’s a public utility. If they do not perform, they can be replaced.”“Con Ed has the attitude of too-big-to-fail banks,” Cuomo continued. “This is a franchise, this is a license. This is not a God-given right, and if they don’t perform well, they can be replaced.”As a utility in New York State, Con Ed is regulated by state government.Con Ed President and CEO John McAvoy said Sunday it will take time to determine what caused the outage.McAvoy said demand was not a root cause and he does not believe the age of the equipment contributed to the failure.Con Ed said in a statement Sunday that the company “sincerely regrets the power disruption” and “will be conducting a diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident.”“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,” the company said. “We applaud the work of all emergency responders and our employees who helped restore power swiftly and keep the public safe. We also commend the patience and understanding of all New Yorkers who remained calm and poised during this incident.”Meanwhile, when the blackout hit, New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio was campaigning in Iowa.“You have to be in charge wherever you are… I was in touch with my folks to make sure that things were being taken care of,” the mayor told reporters on Sunday.“I was waiting to understand what was going on,” he said. “On a Saturday evening, it was a long travel so I couldn’t make it back. As soon as it happened I was made aware of it and kept up to date. Once it was apparent the outage was continuing, I came back.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Sources familiar with the dossier said that it was unlikely that proposals to scrap the levies system, which were shelved last year, would be making a comeback. The levies system was introduced in the 1960s to ensure that the electronics industry compensated artists for legal private copying. The emergence of digital technologies and the parallel rise in illegal copying, however, has come with steeper levies for the industry.In 2006, Charlie McCreevy, the commissioner for the internal market, attempted to scrap the levies, saying that the system, which is applied unevenly across the EU, impeded the functioning of the internal market. Levies on a 30-gigabyte iPod player, for example, vary enormously, from €2.56 in Germany to €90 in Spain. But he was forced to shelve the proposals under pressure from the French government, allegedly because income from the levies is used to finance cultural events and projects. The electronics industry views the re-opening of the debate as an opportunity to resuscitate the 2006 proposals. “The situation on the ground has become massively worse. Levies are being imposed on new products,” said Mark McGann, director-general of electronics lobby EICTA. “This is his [McCreevy’s] last chance to do something meaningful. If there’s nothing on the table by the beginning of the French presidency [July 2008], it’s hard to see what he’d be able to achieve by the end of his mandate.” The consultation, which will culminate in a hearing in June, was announced at the same time as an extension of copyright protection for performers of recorded music from 50 to 95 years. UK Liberal Democrat MEP Sharon Bowles urged McCreevy to scrap the levies. “I am delighted he is launching a new consultation. It is interesting that at the same time he announced extending the copyright term. This makes a much more attractive package if the two are eventually put together,” she said.
It looks like two of our favorite sexy Performers are going to be performing together again! Cheyenne Jackson is joining Alicia Silverstone’s pilot for Lifetime, HR. Sex and the City creator Darren Star will direct and executive produce. Cheyenne Jackson According to TheWrap.com, HR follows Ellen Bell (Silverstone), an uptight director of human resources for a global company. When she suffers from a head injury she throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Ellen’s newly liberated managerial style and unconventional point-of-view in a predominately male company is a welcome relief to some, while others see it as a threat to their power and position within the corporate structure. Penned by Glenn Porter, HR will also feature Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, Greg Germann, Will Kemp, Kellee Stewar, Maulik Pancholy and Cara Mantella. Jackson most recently appeared on Broadway as a porn star in The Performers, with other credits including Xanadu, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up and Finian’s Rainbow. His upcoming film credits include Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks and Opening Night. On stage, he’ll appear with Laura Benanti in the Encores! revival of The Most Happy Fella in April 2014. Best known for her role as Cher Horowitz in the film Clueless, Silverstone recently starred on Broadway in The Performers, alongside Jackson. Her other Broadway credits include Time Stands Still and The Graduate. Silverstone’s TV and film credits include Batman and Robin, The Crush, Blast from the Past, Suburgatory, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Miss Match, Butter and Vamps. Star Files View Comments