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Gov. Asks Transit Authority To Sue Electric Company

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A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling on the chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pursue legal action against Con Edison to recover losses from last month’s power failure affecting Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

Con Edison President Craig Ivey, who appeared Monday before a congressional field hearing in Bridgeport, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal the utility did not believe its customers “should bear the risk” if another customer — in this case, Metro-North — decided one of two electric feeder cables should be taken out of service. It was done to accommodate work Metro-North is doing at its Mount Vernon, N.Y., station.

The remaining cable failed, cutting off power to the New Haven Line.

Malloy contends “Con Edison should accept responsibility for the costs imposed on commuters” and Connecticut taxpayers.

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