Calling Out Con Ed on Bumpy Road Repairs

Richard Becker

by Richard Becker

As a resident of the Town of Cortlandt — who also happens to be its Deputy Supervisor – I believe that I am far from alone in my frustration with Con Ed.

Over the last several months, ConEd has torn up several major streets in Cortlandt, including a long stretch of Watch Hill Road, Croton Avenue from 202 to Furnace Dock Road, and also on the north and south sections of Locust Avenue. These were undoubtedly necessary repairs, and I suspect that citizens are willing to put up with this prolonged process to ensure both safety as well as reliable utility service.

However, ConEd is responsible for restoring the roads to “as found” condition. These roads are owned by the Town, and we allow ConEd to perform their repairs with the understanding they will meet their responsibilities.

Normally, ConEd repairs only one side of a two-lane road, repaving only that side that was disturbed. This is unsatisfactory, as it leaves an unbalanced surface, and necessitates that the Town repave the other side, at our expense, to correct for this. We have formally proposed, both in meetings and by letter, that the Town of Cortlandt repave the whole section of disturbed roadway, and that ConEd would then reimburse us for one-half (50%) of the total cost. So far, Con Ed has not agreed to partner with us, nor have they even repaved the sections that they have recently destroyed. In other words, Con Ed has failed to meet its obligation to our community.

Watch Hill Road, Cortlandt Manor

Why is ConEd ignoring us? Easy answer: “They don’t care and it shows”. In addition to the problems described above, they have failed to bury their cables and left those roads with broken and dangerously leaning utility poles. And when storms disrupt service, their response is unacceptably poor. Supervisor Puglisi, in her September 2020 letter to the community, confirmed that one third of Cortlandt was without power for up to 8 long days during a recent storm. Finally, we know that last year, the State held hearings regarding ConEd’s failure to respond appropriately to outages. But it appears that consequences were sorely lacking.

At our upcoming July 20 voting meeting, if ConEd has not yet paved our roads or fails to meet our need for them to pay ½ of the cost of repaving, I am going to ask that the Town Board move ahead with the job. We will then pursue all legal remedies against ConEd to insure that they meet their obligations to the residents who rely upon them.

Richard Becker is Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Cortlandt

 

4 Comments

  1. Thank you Deputy Supervisor Becker and Cortlandt’s street maintenance team to move forward ASAP. Con Ed’s work on Watch Hill Rd (which started last October) has resulted in 2 miles of bumpy, inferior and unacceptable roads, resulting in car repairs. Any delay will only become worse with Fall buses delivering students to BMMS and FWS. The community residents will greatly appreciate your expedited paving efforts.

    1. Thank you. We will discuss at our work session tomorrow evening. I pledge to get this done ASAP, within weeks, I hope. Will keep you posted.
      Rich

  2. They have also torn up Amanda Ct and left it in shambles. Unfortunately for the residents there it doesn’t get as much traffic so the condition the towns left the road is also horrible with ConEd stating that they left that section with LESS potholes then there was previously so we should be grateful. The state of the roads in Cortlandt is disheartening. Drive down Maple Ave and you see the real story. For some reason the road conditions drastically improve as soon as you hit Peekskill and the road problems pretty much stop.

    1. We have a whole list of raods we are repaving. We did more roads in 2020 than ever before, and will do as many this year too. We just finished a long section of Maple, so you should notice an improvement. I think you will see a renewed road surface throughout the Town over the next couple of years. This is a huge priority for us. Just want to make sure that ConEd is held responsible and lives up to their end.
      Rich

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