Blumenthal seeks to compel ConEd to pay for train outage

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is writing to Consolidated Edison, urging the utility to reconsider its refusal to compensate Metro North Railroad for the $8-12 million the commuter rail lost during a 12-day power outage in September.

Blumenthal and several other U.S. Senator will also ask the New York Public Service Commission to compel the company to compensate MetroNorth using funds from shareholder profits, said his spokeswoman, said his spokesman, Elizabeth Benton.

“ConEd has provided shareholders with an annual dividend of $700 million, indicating that the company can more than afford the refund without impacting ratepayers,” Blumenthal said in a written statement.

“In contrast, the financial burden of refunds paid to riders by MetroNorth will ultimately be borne by the riders themselves—those who suffered most due to the outage,” the senator said.

Frank Juliano