NY1 At 20: 2006 Report Revisits Queens Blackout
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In mid-July 2006, Queens saw one of the worst power outages in the city's history. In the midst of a heat wave, a major blackout hit LaGuardia Airport, subway lines and thousands of people in Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside. Some were without power for a week or more.
On the fifth day of the outage, NY1's Molly Kroon went to Astoria to speak with frustrated, overheated residents about how they were getting by and what they thought of the city, Con Edison, and those long dry ice lines. She filed the following report.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: Though the blackout itself lasted about seven days for most customers, the fallout lasted well into the next month. Elected officials from Queens called for the resignation of Con Edison CEO Kevin Burke, and the city's public service commission held hearings with the power company in August to determine exactly what went wrong. Burke did not resign but the company apologized in a letter to customers and agreed to refund each 100 dollars on their electric bill.