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NYSEG: Crews from western US, Canada working Sandy

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. says almost all of its customers now have power thanks to crews that came from as far away as Texas, Minnesota and Canada to help out. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

NYSEG says all polling places, schools and health care facilities have electricity in its suburban coverage area north of New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had singled out NYSEG while criticizing all utilities for poor efforts to restore service to more than 2 million New Yorkers after Superstorm Sandy. NYSEG says Tuesday nearly 94,000 of the almost 105,000 customers hit by outages now have power.

It says 3,400 crew members and others under contract are working 17-hour shifts. They come from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.