Malloy tours storm damage in New Haven CountyPosted: Updated:
For the third day in a row, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy visited parts of Connecticut that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Malloy along with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor John DeStefano, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) toured New Haven on Friday.
"This part of helping return people to normalcy and getting people back to their jobs and daily routines," Malloy said. "This is one of the things that we are striving for."
Getting the trains running again was a priority for Malloy after high winds knocked out service for days. During a Friday afternoon press conference at New Haven Union Station, Malloy announced Metro-North service is at 100 percent.
Rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury branch lines of the New Haven Line will resume on Monday while bus service on the New Canaan line is expected to resume Monday and Tuesday.
"There was a tremendous amount of debris-clearing and other work required to get the branch lines back in service," Malloy said. "And I want to commend the Metro-North forces for their quick and thorough response to this crisis so that we can resume branch-line service."
However, many homes and businesses are still without power and people are frustrated. Many Eyewitness News viewers said they are being told by utility crews it will only take a few minutes to fix a switch, but instead of doing it, they move on.
On Friday, Connecticut Light and Power Senior Vice President Bill Quinlan said it's not productive to fix each problem because that takes time.
"If it was really only five minutes, they would stop," he said. "But, they have to keep moving and then come back."
However, people continue to get power back including Frank Kilfeather of New Haven.
"I did a load of laundry," he said.
Pat Mello has lived on the beach in East Haven for more than 40 years and is used to the damage.
"The past two storms were the worst," he said.
However, he has damage to the front of his home and debris to clean up.
"I am thankful," Mello said. "I still have a house."
Malloy extended the deadline for state taxes through Nov. 7, which will not be affected by any IRS extensions for federal tax purposes.
"Understanding that there may still be real hardships for some Connecticut taxpayers and tax prepares, as well as out of state prepares for Connecticut taxpayers, we will certainly consider any demonstrated hardships related to Storm Sandy that are brought to our attention," said Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan.
For more information about the state tax deadline, visit the following website.
Malloy will Overton's Seafood in East Norwalk, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and hold a news conference at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport on Saturday. He will be joined by U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills.
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