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Con Ed Working '24/7 Until Last Customer is Restored'

Company officials said this evening that restoring overhead systems in Westchester County is a priority.

Con Edison is asking its remaining customers who are without power "to be patient" as restoration efforts continue five days following Hurricane Sandy.

"They can be assured that we will work 24/7 until the last customer is restored," said Senior Vice President of Electric Operations John Miksad on a call with the media this evening.

The estimated 270,000 New York City and Westchester County customers Miksad are still in the dark as of this evening "is a huge number," he stated.

This figure alone is larger than the number of residents affected by Hurricane Irene, Miksad added.

"We've got the overhead damage as a result of those winds in the outer boroughs and Westchester County," he said. "That's a huge focus for us now."

Miksad said Con Edison's priorities remain the areas where the company can get "the most bang for our buck."

"We are also factoring in schools that are out of service," he added, pointing to the need for polling places to be open in time for election day.

In addition, "For the first time, we have established base camps for our crews from around the country who are assisting us," he said, which include one at Rye Playland. The comany will also be setting up a "staging area" to dispatch crews and vehicles from in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights.

He said the diseal shortage around the tri-state area has also impacted Con Edison vehicles.

"That's been a challenge for all New Yorkers and has been a challenge for us, too," he said.

While the company is still aiming to have all polling locations up and running by Tuesday, he said Westchester County is prepping for possible alternatives that include "tents outside." In total about 70 polling places are still without power, Miksad said.

FJT November 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
This link to the NYS utilities complaint form is more direct than the one provided above: http://www.dps.ny.gov/complaints.html
Anne Marie Rohan November 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Sure Con Edison is working 24/7 and I am also sure that they will be handsomely paid for their overtime while the rest of us are spending money we can not afford to spend on eating out. This was a disgrace and I agree with the governor that they need to be held accountable.
Jason Hawk November 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Want to thanks the folks in the people in the Ossining area. Being away from are families is hard,but the thanks that you have shown us makes the long hours and sleeping in a parking lot worth it. Thanks from Pike crew 512
FJT November 07, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Thank you for helping. I'm sure you'll be long remembered for your fine work, your concern and sacrifice.
john November 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I am glad the Con Ed union workers are making up for the money the company stole from them in the lock out! And they do a great job. Thank you

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