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Con Edison Media Relations

For Immediate Release: June 25, 1998


Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.'s (Con Edison) Board of Trustees announced today that it has named James S. Baumstark and A. Alan Blind as vice presidents, effective July 1.

Baumstark and Blind will report to Neil S. (Buzz) Carns, senior vice president, nuclear operations. They assume new positions created to provide continuous coverage of nuclear operations at the senior officer level.

Baumstark has 34 years of experience with naval and commercial nuclear power plants. He served over the past two years as the director of quality programs and then director of nuclear engineering for the Florida Power Corporation's Crystal River Nuclear Plant. Prior to those assignments, he was operations manager, and later plant manager, for the Tennessee Valley Authority at its Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

From 1964 to 1992, Baumstark held various officer positions in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, including command of the Naval Submarine School and two nuclear submarines.

Blind has 22 years of experience in the nuclear power industry. He comes to Con Edison from American Electric Power where he served as vice president, nuclear engineering, for the D.C. Cook nuclear generating station. Prior to that assignment, he served as assistant plant manager, plant manager, and then site vice president for the D.C. Cook station.

Blind has been a peer evaluator on five Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) plant evaluations and he was a member of the INPO industry engineering review group for two years. He is also a past chairman of the Region III Plant Managers Association.

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest utility companies, with more than $7 billion in annual revenues and approximately $15 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Consolidated 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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