Posted: Nov 10, 2012 5:58 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of linemen and tree trimmers on Long Island, N.Y., are working to restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
About 130,000 homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak of 1 million. Long Island Power Authority chief Michael Hervey says electricity will be back on in 99 percent of those homes by Tuesday. That doesn't count severely damaged buildings.
There's growing frustration about the pace of power restoration. Hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a LIPA office.
Harvey acknowledges residents' frustration but says the utility is working as fast as it can.
Two congressmen from Long Island have asked for federal aid to help LIPA restore electricity.
Meanwhile, Con Edison says it will restore power this weekend to all its New York City and Westchester County customers whose buildings are in good enough shape to turn electricity back on. About 11,400 of them remain without power.
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