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Bridgeport’s Mayor Says His City Is Being Snubbed In Power Restoration

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Electric line repairs (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport’s mayor says Connecticut’s largest city is poorly served by United Illuminating as nearly 28,000 residents are still without power, days after Superstorm Sandy battered shoreline communities.

Mayor Bill Finch said he is “sick and tired of Bridgeport being short-changed.”

He says Bridgeport has the largest number of United Illuminating ratepayers and should be treated better by the New Haven-based utility.

Michael West, a spokesman for the utility, told Fox Connecticut that the company does not pick favorites among customers. He says no one wants customers restored faster than does the utility.

The Connecticut Post reported that instead of going down, outage numbers in Bridgeport began rising late Tuesday and fell again on Wednesday night, dropping to 27,000 without power.

By Thursday morning, the number of Bridgeport customers without electricity was 27,704.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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