Hourslong power outage in New York City resolved

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2019 7:59 AM

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The Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York is dark after a transformer fire caused a power outage and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

(New York) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio left the presidential campaign trail in Iowa amid a massive power outage in Manhattan.

Press secretary Freddi Goldstein tweeted just before 10 p.m. Saturday that de Blasio was on his way back to New York City.

Con Edison officials say a substation caused the power failure that began at 6:47 p.m. and affected 73,000 customers for more than three hours in midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side.

De Blasio tweeted emergency management updates and lauded New Yorkers for responding to the blackout "with that trademark NYC grit and toughness."

He was in Waterloo, Iowa, at the time of the blackout, appearing alongside other presidential candidates at a "Passport to Victory" fundraiser.

He was scheduled to appear at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sunday.

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