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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Joe Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: February 27, 1998


March is Red Cross Month throughout the United States and Consolidated Edison, Inc. is making sure New Yorkers are reminded of the legendary organization and its service to the community each time they gaze skyward this month. Beginning March 1 and continuing through the month, the majestic clock tower high atop the Con Edison Building in lower Manhattan will be bathed in red and white -- the colors of the American Red Cross.

"The Red Cross of Greater New York is a vital organization comprising thousands of volunteers who respond to the critical needs of city residents in good times and in bad," said Horace S. Webb, senior vice-president of public affairs for Con Edison. "We support their mission and join with others in the New York business community this month in saying thank you to the Red Cross for always being there."

The Red Cross emblem and its colors will be omnipresent in New York City during March. Nearly 90 buildings and hotels on Fifth Avenue will fly the Red Cross flag and the Empire State Building will join the Con Edison Building in turning its rooftop lights to red and white.

"We appreciate the support of Con Edison as we launch our outreach campaign to inform New Yorkers about the Red Cross and its 3,800 volunteers working on behalf of our community," says Robert M. Bender, Jr., chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. "The red and white lights emanating from the Con Edison clock tower will help remind many of the vital services provided by so few."

Located atop the Con Edison Building at 14th Street and Irving Place, the 475-foot high clock tower is an instantly recognizable part of the Manhattan skyline. At night, the clock face is kept aglow by an innovative fiber optic lighting system that changes colors via computer command.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with more than $7 billion in annual revenues and approximately $15 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its four subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc., (Con Edison) a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service to New York City and Westchester County, New York; Con Edison Solutions, a retail energy services company; Con Edison Energy, a wholesale energy supply company; and Con Edison Development, an infrastructure development company.

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