By COLlive reporter
New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assembly Member Diana Richardson called on Con-Ed to explain continued power outages in Brooklyn that are endangering vulnerable Brooklynites.
“While Con-Ed assures us that the outages are over, there are elderly people in buildings like the one right behind me who are trapped in their apartments because their elevators do not work,” said Myrie. “There are people who are suffering and whose lives are in danger because their medical devices cannot be powered. This is an emergency, it is unacceptable, and it must be addressed now.”
“It is a crying shame, and I dare to put it on the record that if the if the demographics of this community were different, the response would have been different,” said Richardson. “This is a miscarriage of justice for the Central Brooklyn community, and we are asking Con-Edison and the city for a coordinated response to happen immediately.”
The Senator’s office has been continuously in touch with Con-Ed’s representatives and has been assured that power has been restored for most people in Brooklyn.
However, the Senator, Assemblymember, and their staff have visited several buildings and seen that this is not true. Entire buildings, many who have vulnerable, elderly residents, continue to lack full power.
The Brooklyn Eagle reported that if you were among the tens of thousands of Con Edison customers who had their power severed on Sunday night, you can file a claim for any food or medicine that went bad as a result.
The energy service company has claim forms on their website in 10 different languages — you can find them at https://www.coned.com/en/services-and-outages/claim-form