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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Brenda Pérez
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2003


NEW YORK - Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) [NYSE: ED] has been presented with the 2003 Voting Rights Award from the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. The award recognizes Con Edison’s efforts to encourage citizens to vote.

Con Edison was praised for holding many voter registrations drives for employees and the public, and for encouraging people to vote through customer outreach information. The company’s full page newspaper ads have urged citizens to “join the 28,700 employees and retirees of Con Edison who will cast their votes this Election Day.”

“As a civic-minded company, it’s understandable that we should take an interest in the candidates and the issues. But for our employees, it’s much more personal,” said Frances Resheske, Con Edison’s senior vice president of public affairs. “The communities in which they work are often the communities in which they live. They understand the power of their votes. And, in turn, these employees become a real force in the community, educating and motivating their relatives, friends and neighbors - tens of thousands of voters.”

Robin Bahr, president of the League, said: “There are many worthy causes in this city, particularly today, but the well being of New York ultimately and of the entire country depends upon a strong and participatory democracy. Con Edison is a leader in helping to make that happen.”

The League, founded in 1919 as an outgrowth of the Women’s Suffrage movement, noted Con Edison’s ongoing support in helping the organization publish They Represent You, a directory of elected officials that has served as an educational resource to New York City high schools, public libraries, community boards and civic organizations.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with more than $8 billion in annual revenues and approximately $19 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its six subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Con Edison Solutions, a retail energy services company; Con Edison Energy, a wholesale energy supply company; Con Edison Development, an infrastructure development company; and Con Edison Communications, a telecommunications infrastructure company and service provider.

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