Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Joseph Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111
For Immediate Release: July 3, 2002
CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN AREAS OF BROOKLYN AND THE BRONX
NEW YORK - As a precaution, Con Edison has reduced voltage by 8 percent in parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx because of problems on electrical feeder cables. The areas in Brooklyn include Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Kennsington, Borough Park, Bensonhurst, and Dyker Heights. In the Bronx, the affected areas are Mott Haven, Concourse Village, Highbridge, Mount Eden, Claremont Village, Morrisania, Longwood, and Crotona Park East.
Customers should not notice any difference in the operation of their electrical equipment because of the reduced voltage. The company is urging people in these areas to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances until the equipment problems are resolved.
Company crews are working now to rectify the problem. Con Edison has asked customers in the affected areas not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the feeder cable problems are resolved.
These equipment problems in Brooklyn and the Bronx have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. The company will provide updates to affected customers through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.
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