Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that utility companies have done an unacceptable job of getting service back to customers and that he’s ready to take away their rights to operate in the state. “The progress is unacceptable,” Cuomo said. “To say that I am angry ... would be the understatement of the decade.”Tough talk certainly plays to the emotions of those frustrated with the pace of Sandy recovery. While it makes no sense to think that the utilities are dragging their feet because power lost is revenue lost to the company, the quality of the state's own response may be the issue. Perhaps Mr. Cuomo thinks that "a good offense is a good defense."
So what would Mr. Cuomo do differently? We don't know.
"I am a reasonable person and I want to give utilities the time to explain their side,” Cuomo said. “But I believe the service was inadequate.” He said he will force utilities into public forums to defend their effort. . . . . Cuomo said Monday that state action could range from “sanctions to revocation of franchise.”Unless some performance standard applies to hurricane response, there is no basis for sanctioning a company. And revocation of franchise? The utilities own all the power lines. Does Mr. Cuomo have some foreign company ready to come in and buy these at fire sale prices after he revokes their franchise? Or is this all prelude to something bigger on the horizon that has not been revealed to us?
Popular rhetoric to stir up the masses. Anger. Government threats. Excuses for taking radical action.
It's starting to look like New York is the vanguard of the New World Order.
Keep that in mind as you vote today.