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Con Ed: Focus on Polling Places; Dry Ice

The company aims to have all local polling places up and running by Tuesday.

As of Saturday morning, Con Edison reports approximately 107,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week remain without power.

"Con Edison crews have restored electricity to more than 645,000 customers, or approximately 70 percent of all those who lost power since Hurricane Sandy slammed through New York," the company said in a statement.

As election day grows ever closer, the company is focused on bringing back power to polling places affected in the area.

"Weekend goals for Con Edison and out-of-town crews are to restore electricity to schools for Monday, and polling places for Tuesday," the statement said. "Those restorations are nearing 100 percent for accessible buildings. Some cannot be re-energized since they are in flood zones with damage that bars the safe re-introduction of electricity."

The company is again offering dry ice to customers without power in the county at two locations today. The supplies "will be distributed until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out."

  • Westchester County Center — 198 Central Ave. White Plains
  • Yonkers Raceway — 810 Yonkers Ave. Yonkers

"Instructions for safe handling and disposal of dry ice are printed on the bag for residents who pick up dry ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas," the company said. "Keep children and pets safely away."

 

Mary Calabro November 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
What about power to people still in the cold in parts of Yorktown heights? I understand that the election is important but I think cold, hungry, miserable people trump the election!!!
Victor Antigua November 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
What about power in the Bronx ? ... Con Edison only talk about manhattan we deserve the same we pay for the service too.
Laura Jodice November 03, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Polling should be extended by a week.
Jeff November 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Areas with lower population density are always repaired last. At least that's my understanding of Con Ed's procedures when there are multiple power outages. In that case those areas should be the first to get lots of dry ice at numerous stations throughout the affected area (in fact it should be brought in to the areas with blocked roads). In addition, the next time Con Ed requests rate changes, the areas with lower population density should have their rates adjusted lower (yes, LOWER!), to reflect a Con Ed premeditated plan that will give them reduced service if many areas have power outages. I also believe that every single family that Con Ed services should receive at least a $350 credit adjustment on their next bill to compensate them for the spoiled food that they had to throw out. Those with separate freezers in their homes (which consume a lot of additional power to the benefit of Con Ed), should be given additional compensation. No receipts should be required - and the credit should be applied just as automatically as Con Ed bills their customers. For once it would be nice to see this poorly managed company actually receive a penalty that directly compensates their customers. Additional fines are OK, but they don't compensate the people most affected by these situations. The Governor said that he would hold them accountable --- I hope he really means it.
fisher70man November 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I agree, though Con-Ed should get power to those affected by Sandy BEFORE those that got knocked out because of the Nor'easter; hospitals, schools, etc would be the exception. I too hope Cuomo holds them accountable.

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