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Cuomo To Investigate Utility Companies

Cuomo Investigating Utilities

NEW YORK CITY (CNN)---Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to have a special commission investigate utility companies in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Cuomo is ordering the probe under the state's powerful Moreland Commission law that provides for subpoenas and other action. He had previously threatened to hold public hearings on his concerns.

Cuomo has repeatedly criticized the utilities for what he considered slow progress restoring power to more than 2 million customers from Long Island to the Hudson Valley.

"I'm going to do a thorough review-slash-investigation, and a very serious one, and they will be held accountable for past performance and then we also have to get smart about this and we have to make sure that we are prepared for when this happens again because I believe this will happen again," says Cuomo.

Cuomo says anyone who doesn't believe another Sandy is coming is in denial. He also says power has been restored to about 99-percent of homes where it can be restored.

Though he says there are thousands of homes not included in that figure that are so damaged that they can't be restored.