The Throgs Neck section of the Bronx is still recovering from Friday's nor'easter, with power outages across the borough and tree limbs littering the streets.
So, news Tuesday of yet another storm just added insult to injury to those still without power, or those in danger of losing Con Edison service because of downed trees or other damage.
"I didn't want to go shopping for any food because I'm scared it might actually go out and there goes all my food," one resident said.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Con Edison officials said they hoped to have about 90 percent of customers who'd lost power Friday back online by midnight Wednesday.
As for the remaining 10 percent, the company's CEO, John McAvoy, said efforts would be complicated by the latest round of snow and wind — conditions that could lead to even more outages.
"We expect there will be new customer outages, additional outages as a result of this nor'easter, particularly because many trees are in a weakened condition as a result of the damage that they suffered on Friday," McAvoy said.
But the utility provider said it has tapped all of the available resources it can, even bringing in crews from out of state to help make repairs.
That is of little consolation to resident Pat Brennan and her neighbors in Throgs Neck.
"I have my mother-in-law, who lives in the basement, with Alzheimer's. We have no lights. Thank God he's got a generator, Brennan said. "But there's so many people in my neighborhood, on Reynolds Ave. and above, that are elderly and have no heat,"
It's a situation that has caught the attention of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has now called on the head of the Public Service Commission 9PSC), to do a thorough investigation into Con Ed's power restoration response.
"Frankly, I'm getting tired of having the same conversation with them," Cuomo said in a phone call. "The PSC will do a full review. Depending on their findings, the utility companies can be sanctioned or they could be fined. But let's have the PSC do the review first."
Con Edison officials said they will conduct their own internal review of the situation and will cooperate with any investigation that the PSC may perform. Con Ed officials said they made no mistakes in responding to Friday's storm.