Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 22, 2011
CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS IN MANHATTAN AND STATEN ISLAND
NEW YORK – Con Edison has reduced voltage to certain neighborhoods in Manhattan and Staten Island due to problems on electrical equipment serving those areas.
The affected area in Manhattan includes approximately 37,000 customers and is bounded West 147th Street to the north, West 110th Street to the south, the East River to the east, and 7th Avenue to the west. It covers the neighborhoods of Central and East Harlem.
The affected area in Staten Island includes approximately 60,000 customers and is bounded by the Kill Van Kull waterway to the north, Raritan Bay to the south, The Narrows to the east and Bard Avenue and Manor Road to the west.
It covers these neighborhoods: New Brighton, St. George, Tompkinsville, Brighton Heights, Ward Hill, Stapleton, Grymes Hill, Clifton, Silver Lake, Rosebank, Ft. Wadsworth, Grasmere, Concord, Arrochar, South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach, Grant City, New Dorp, and Dongan Hills.
The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problem. Con Edison is asking customers in the area not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the equipment problems are resolved.
Customers can 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. Customers may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
The equipment problems in the 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.