The New York Daily News reports that city emergency officials are still pissed about the 10-day Western Queens Blackout (duh). They "no longer trust Con Edison to tell them how many people are affected by a power outage." So, they've created A Power Outage Response Team as a result. This team is given the duty of checking neighborhoods (including door-to-door and aerial surveys, wow!), whenever Con Ed says a power outage could affect more than 1,000 customers. Super! Best quote of the article comes from Councilman Eric Gioia:
"You could have gone to a psychic on Bleecker St. and got a better estimate of how many people were out in Queens than Con Edison."
Another angle from the Queens Chronicle.