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Statement from Mayor de Blasio on Con Edison Outages

July 22, 2019

"Thousands of Con Edison customers are still without power. After two massive outages in eight days, New Yorkers are out of patience and have lost trust in Con Ed's ability to provide a basic service. With severe storms tonight, we are mobilized in case even more New Yorkers lose power.

"City agencies are on the ground in affected neighborhoods in force to protect New Yorkers. In the hardest hit area of Brooklyn, we have deployed 200 NYPD personnel to patrol the streets and direct traffic, have 71 light towers ready to provide visibility throughout the night, and opened an emergency shelter for anyone in need. I have directed the First Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Operations, NYC Emergency Management and the Office of Sustainability to expand their ongoing review to include this weekend's outages to get to the bottom of these failures."

Background on City actions tonight for affected parts of Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Flatlands:

  • The Office of Emergency Management's Interagency Command Center at 5905 Strickland Avenue will remain open throughout the night to monitor the situation.
  • 200 NYPD officers and staff will be deployed overnight to patrol streets and maintain public safety.
  • An ADA accessible Red Cross shelter will be open tonight for any individual to use throughout the night at PS 226 Alfred De B. Mason, 6006 23rd Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11204. Last night's shelter JHS 278 has been closed. Transportation to this shelter will be provided by NYC Emergency Management from the Command Center at 5905 Strickland Avenue.

21 light towers have been deployed to light the streets of the affected area with 50 additional from the State on standby if needed.

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