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Con Edison Media Relations

For Immediate Release: June 22, 1998


Twenty-two Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) employees from various departments are featured in "The People of Con Edison: In Shape for a New Era," the company's first employee annual report, which gives thumbnail sketches of the employees, including their interests and accomplishments. Interspersed with the sketches of the employees are facts about Con Edison's operations, now that the company has restructured.

"This report describes the special strengths that Con Edison's employees bring to the new competitive marketplace - strengths like innovation, diversity and a commitment to community. The people featured in our employee annual report are representative of our workforce of nearly 15,000 men and women," said Horace S. Webb, Con Edison's senior vice president of public affairs.

From Angel Mateo, a meter tester in steam operations, to George Chan, an electrical technician at a generating station, to operating supervisor Susan McCarthy, the report showcases the range of talents and innovative service strategies represented by Con Edison employees.

Ms. McCarthy was part of the Leadership Development team at Con Edison's Learning Center when she decided to train as an overhead (electrical system) supervisor. She received additional training as a participant in the Accelerated Supervisor Program and eventually supervised crews that helped repair damage caused by a winter storm in Watertown, New York.

The Con Edison volunteers - "The Blue Angels," as they were dubbed by grateful townspeople in upstate New York - emerged as heroes this past winter when they assisted with restoration efforts following the devastating ice storm.

Not all the sketches are work-related. Customer Field Representative Israel Gomez has a particularly poignant story. He received financial assistance from Con Edison toward the adoption of his daughter Sabrina.

"Who would have thought that a company known for providing the public with light and power could bring such warmth to our lives. Con Edison will always have a special place in our hearts for the major role it played in the adoption of our little blessing, Sabrina," said Gomez.

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest utility companies, with nearly $7 billion in annual revenues and approximately $15 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Con Edison, Inc., provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.

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