If you are one of the unlucky ones who spent a few days without electricity when March came roaring in, then either got power back briefly or remained in the cold and dark, I have good news for you.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding that the Public Service Commission hold hearings very soon to find out what happened.

And if you have friends in Westchester, tell them that their new county executive, George Latimer, wants the heads of both ConEdison and New York State Electric and Gas to resign.

It’s safe to assume that he wants the head of Central Hudson to quit as well, but felt awkward spreading his bluster over county lines.

Before all those people get fired and before the PSC sets a date, I’d like to suggest that we get some answers to something that has been talked about and dismissed for quite a while now:

Why don’t we bury more power lines?

The usual answer is cost, and I get that. It costs 4 to 40 times as much to bury a line as it does to string one overhead.

But this latest winter double whammy should have those demanding answers and accountability wondering if we really know all we need to.

While the estimated costs for installing lines vary widely, the estimated costs of recovering from severe storm damage are almost invisible.

And they also never fully include estimates of the costs that customers bear to repair frozen pipes, fuel their generators or make up for lost time at work.

The best I could find was a grudging admission that those who have long dismissed the idea of burying cables are now admitting that they do not have all of the information they need.

And isn’t that a perfect agenda item for the PSC?

Both Latimer and Cuomo may think that they are making a good impression with all their huffing and puffing, but there is no mystery about the delays in restoring power.

Anybody in the path of the storm saw the trees brought down by wet snow and high winds.

Anybody who watched the news saw the dramatic video of workers scrambling to get out from under falling trees and broken power lines, not to mention the spectacle of transformers and poles on fire.

Before we kick out all those utility execs and replace them with people who probably do not have any different plans anyway, let’s put them to work along with the PSC to get real numbers.

Maybe we could have a pilot program or two, burying lines in areas that have been prone to outages in recent storms and calculating the real costs of doing something new vs. the real costs of doing the same old thing over and over.

Much new construction requires buried cables, so somebody somewhere has done that math and concluded that this is a good idea.

You won’t find power lines along streets in the center of big cities, so somebody there also has done that math.

What Cuomo and Latimore seem to want more than anything is someone to blame so that they can pretend they have actually done something - when in reality, they will be making the situation worse by refusing to get the real numbers that might lead us in the right direction.

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