De Blasio was at a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa, when an equipment failure at a transformer substation shut off power for tens of thousands of people in his city.
The mayor first told CNN he was mulling whether to return to New York, but later decided he would, according to the Washington Examiner. He plans to fly back to the city Sunday morning, a spokesperson said.
Late Saturday, the mayor issued several Twitter messages, indicating he was monitoring the situation back home.
“With the power back on, I’ve directed City agencies to investigate this evening’s blackout,” he wrote. “They’ll work with ConEd to get to the bottom of what happened tonight and prevent another widespread outage like this.”
Meanwhile, the governor was in New York City, speaking to reporters just before midnight. He confirmed that power had been restored to all affected customers.
“This could have been much worse,” Cuomo added, commending emergency responders. “When things are at their worst New Yorkers are at their best.”
The governor said he would be working with utility company Con Edison to make sure a blackout of Saturday’s magnitude doesn’t happen again.
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