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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Connecticut Light & Power officials got taken to the woodshed in March when they met with Essex Economic Development officials.

Fresh off the impact of outages from a spring storm days earlier that dumped 6-to-10 inches of  snow in Essex and neighboring communities, representatives of the utility heard a lot of criticism from the EDC and First Selectman Norman Needleman.

It's unlikely that relations between executives at the utility and town officials have improved since then. Lon Seidman, chairman of the Essex EDC and a local business owner, launched petition drive weeks later in a effort to recover $414 million associated with restoration costs from storms over the past two years.

Change takes time. But it couldn't have made Essex officials too happy that five weeks later, on sunny day in early May, the town had 93 power outages for a short time on Tuesday.

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