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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 8, 2010
6:00 a.m.

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS IN BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS TO REDUCE ELECTRICITY USE

NEW YORK —Con Edison is urging all customers in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on electrical cables can be resolved. The utility is seeking customer cooperation to help ensure uninterrupted electric service.

The neighborhoods include: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Also, Borough Park, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Kensington and Dyker Heights.

One affected area is bounded by Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Cemetery to the west, the Belt Parkway to the south, 19th Avenue/20th Avenue, the Long Island Railroad and Marlborough Road to the east, and Prospect Park to the north. It includes approximately 113,600 customers.

The other affected area is bounded by Newtown Creek on the north, the East River on the west, Pacific Street and Fulton Street on the south, and Throop Avenue and Graham Avenue to the east. It includes approximately 92,000 customers.

Customers are urged to call Con Edison immediately to report any outages at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs.  When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Company crews are working now to repair the problems. Con Edison has asked customers in these 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 cable problems are resolved.

The problems in these neighborhoods have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system.  Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and 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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