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Times Square billboards go black after a power outage hits Manhattan. Photo: Thomas Urbain/AFP/Getty Images

Power was restored in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said just before midnight Saturday, after a massive outage struck disrupted the city's subway service, forced road closures and plunged many Times Square billboards into darkness.

Details: Con Edison said 42,000 customers primarily in the Westside of Manhattan were hit by the outages. NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted parts of Hell’s Kitchen, UWS, and Midtown were affected.

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The big picture: NYC Emergency Management tweeted that the outages, had forced all lanes of West 42nd Street to West 71st Street between the Hudson River to 5th Avenue in Manhattan to be closed in both directions.

  • NYCT Subway tweeted earlier there were power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan. "The numbered lines are your best bets to get between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Queens," it said about 10 p.m.
  • De Blasio said the "significant" disruption was caused by a "manhole fire" earlier in the evening.
  • Some Broadway theaters closed during the outage.
  • The blackouts come on the anniversary of 1977 citywide outages that led to rioting and looting, NBC News notes.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) officially endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to become the GOP's next House Republican conference chair during a Fox News appearance Sunday.

Why it matters: The GOP has been feuding internally over the fate of the current chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), because of her criticisms of former President Donald Trump, and her vote to impeach him for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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State of play: Last week President Joe Biden announced his goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4, with at least 70% of Americans having at least one shot.