"Earlier this evening, a widespread blackout occurred as the result an issue with a transmission line in midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side, leaving approximately 45,000 customers without power. The power outages disrupted subway service on the A, C, D, F and M lines. However, no passengers are stranded on trains or in MTA elevators and there are no reports of injuries at this time.
"I have directed the State Police, the MTA and the Public Service Commission to deploy personnel and resources to aggressively respond to this incident and work to restore power as soon as possible. We are in constant communication with Con Ed, who has an effort underway to begin restoration of power by midnight tonight.
"While fortunately no injuries occurred as a result of this incident, the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable. I am directing the Department of Public Service to investigate and identify the exact cause of the outages to help prevent an incident of this magnitude from happening again. Until the recovery is complete, we will continue to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers."