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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2003 — 4:31 a.m.

STATEMENT FROM CON EDISON

We are continuing to restore power to our customers in New York City and Westchester County. Portions of the southeast Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester County and most of Staten Island have been restored.

In order to avoid damaging our system's critical and sensitive electrical equipment, we must balance the available energy supply with customer demand. We are asking customers who have power to postpone using major appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment. We also ask customers who are waiting for power to turn all of their appliances to the "off" position.

The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Office of Disaster and Emergency Services.




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