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Albany mayor meets with National Grid to address power problems


ALBANY - Now that Albany's mayor has unveiled his budget, he's meeting with National Grid to talk about ways to avoid another power problem.

The meeting comes after at least two incidents where power had to be shut off in a good portion of down town because of issues with underground wires.

Mayor Jennings is hoping to get more information about what is going on under the streets of Albany, with the goal of keeping the lights on above ground and keeping everyone safe.

Recently the power was cut to a number of businesses on Pearl Street because of a fire underground that sent manhole covers soaring into the air in a series of explosions.

And just one week ago, smoke was seen once again pouring out of an Albany manhole.

National Grid says the two incidents are not related; the first incident caused by two smoldering network cables coming in contact, and last week's issue was a single cable failure.

But with both incidents killing power in the area, it's a problem that raises concerns.

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