IN WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
November 2, 2012
GOVERNOR CUOMO DEPLOYS 600 ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO HELP IN POWER
RESTORATION IN WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York National
Guard to deploy an additional 600 Citizen Soldiers to assist in
the restoration of the electrical grid in Westchester and
The Soldiers, assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division,
headquartered in Troy, will begin moving into their area of
operations today and should start assuming missions this
The new mobilization will bring the strength of New York
National Guard forces deployed in response to Hurricane Sandy to
over 3,400. More than 470 military vehicles are being used in
operations on Long Island and in New York City.
The Soldiers will be based at the Camp Smith Training Site just
north of Peekskill, where the National Guard has barracks,
dining facilities, and maintenance facilities which can support
the troops and their vehicles.
Approximately 100 of the Soldiers will form a command and
control and logistics support center for the elements deployed
in Westchester and Rockland. The other Soldiers will work with
New York State Electric and Gas, Orange and Rockland Utilities,
and Consolidated Edison repair crews.
The Soldiers will be trained to identify downed power lines and
properly mark them so that members of the public are not
endangered as the repair process goes forward. Allocating
Soldiers to this mission will free up utility employees to do
the important technical work.
Initially about 100 Soldiers will be assigned to work with New
York State Electric and Gas crews, while 160 will work with
Consolidated Edison and 160 will work with Orange and Rockland.
Other Soldiers will be prepared to handle missions as needed.
On Long Island 80 Soldiers already deployed will be tasked to
assist the Long Island Power Authority with a similar mission.
Meanwhile the New York National Guard will continue to operate
13 food and water distribution stations in New York City. On
Nov. 1 National Guard elements distributed 144,000 emergency
meals to New Yorkers.
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