Con Edison Observes Remembrance With Gratitude for Employees' Sacrifices
Con Edison is acknowledging the debt of gratitude to all of its employees today who remain vigilant in powering the New York metropolitan area during the battle against Covid-19. The appreciation especially extends to the front-line essential workers and all those who have performed the critical work needed to support New York during the pandemic. Also solemnly remembered are the eight colleagues we lost to the disease.
Con Edison President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cawley told employees this morning, “While we often talk about the resilience of our energy systems, this pandemic also demonstrates once again the extraordinary resilience of our people. You’ve shown remarkable strength adapting to the dramatic shift in how we’ve had to live and work. Many of you have done this while suffering the loss of family members, friends and colleagues. The professionalism, kindness and support you’ve shown each other and our customers in these dark times have made all the difference. Although we keep moving, we carry with us cherished memories of those we’ve lost and an immeasurable sense of gratitude for our survivors.”
Readers of various metropolitan area newspapers will notice a full-page expression of the company’s gratitude to the essential workers of Con Edison and Orange & Rockland Utilities, affirming our solidarity with our workforce.
Throughout the pandemic, Con Edison has been reliably powering homes as more New Yorkers are working and studying remotely. The company worked closely with state, city and county officials to get temporary hospitals and testing centers up and running, from the Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan, to Central Park’s East Meadow with Mt. Sinai Hospital, to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, to a proposed drive-through testing facility at Coney Island Hospital.
Con Edison employees also fabricated 40,000 face shields for Westchester County’s emergency medical workers at the outset of the pandemic to help alleviate the existing supply shortage. The company also donated almost 100,000 N-95 masks for health care workers and $50,000 towards supplies for hospital staff and volunteers.
Con Edison has a long tradition of supporting organizations that safeguard diversity, equality, social justice, and civic engagement. The company and its employees rallied in support of nonprofit groups in the communities it serves: In 2020, Con Edison and O&R gave $12.6 million to nonprofits, including $500,000 to match employee contributions.
Recognizing a need throughout the region, the companies included over $900,000 to provide food security relief in 2020, amounting to more than 3 million meals in their overall support of local communities and non-profits. Even with the pandemic’s challenges, the company’s employees remained eager to donate their time at events that were adapted to serve the needs of our communities while meeting Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Over 160 Con Edison and O&R employees volunteered over 1,250 hours at 48 events with our nonprofit partners, with over 100 Con Edison employees serving on nonprofit boards.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $63 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,300-square-mile-area in southeastern New York State and northern New Jersey; Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., which through its subsidiaries develops, owns and operates renewable and sustainable energy infrastructure projects and provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers; and Con Edison Transmission, Inc., which through its subsidiaries invests in electric transmission facilities and holds investments in natural gas pipeline and storage facilities.