[UPDATE] Thousands of con ad customers still don’t have power in the queens – more than half


[SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE AT BOTTOM] Con Edison said Sunday morning that six days after the Tropical Storm Christiane, more than half of NYC residents and businesses are still off power outages.

A total of 20,000 NYC Con Edison customers still do not have electricity, although most are expected to be available by 11 a.m. Sunday night.

There are 11,000 affected customers in Queens, 6,900 in the Bronx, 1,100 in Staten Island and 1,000 in Brooklyn.

Westchester still has 35,100 customers without electricity. The majority will have to wait until 11 pm Monday to restore service.

“We realized that living without electricity is very disappointing,” said Matthew Ketschke, Senior Vice President of Con Edison, Customer Energy Solutions. “That’s why we have employees working round the clock to restore power.”

Another 600 contract workers are being deployed to help restore power for the remaining 55,100 Con Edison residential and commercial customers. The utilities company said they would join 1,700 Con Ed employees and 1,500 Mutual Aid workers.

“Queens in particular have been the hardest hit,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Dean Chris Cravel said Saturday.

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee claimed on Twitter that 95 percent of customers would see electricity restored by Sunday evening.

In Brooklyn and Staten Island, 80 percent of households restored power by Thursday, while based on the Borough President’s Office analysis of Queens Edison data, Queens did not pass that mark until Saturday night.

Con Edison did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Councilman Robert Holden spoke with residents of Queens, where the downed wires were still alive a few days after the storm’s passing.

During Tuesday’s thunderstorm, 300,000 Con Ed customers lost power service due to strong winds that fell down trees and power lines.

If less food, medicine, or other items deteriorate due to at least 48 hours of electricity expenditure, you can file a claim form to request reimbursement here.

The utility company will again distribute dry ice on Sunday in New York City and Westchester to locations that still have no electricity at the following locations:

  • Home Depot, 11220 Rockaway Boulevard Park at Ozone Park, Queens from -10: 30am to 9pm, or to supply outside
  • Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Avenue at Staten Island – 12:30 pm to 9pm, or until supplies run out
  • 1806 East Gun Hill Road at Home Depot, Bronx – 10:30 am to 9pm, or until supplies are out
  • Armonk-10: 30am to 9pm at North Castle Community Park, 205 Business Park Drive, or until supplies run out
  • Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers – 10:30 am to 9pm, or until supply runs out

Updated 4:45 PM: Con Ed president Tim Kavale said during a press conference today that the number of New Yorkers without power fell to nearly 10,000. Con Ed expects about 10,000 people to get back to power by 11 pm on Sunday night, although some isolated people will still need repairs.

Cawley said about 24,000 Westchester customers are still in the dark, but Con Ed expects power to be restored to nearly everyone by 11 a.m. Monday.

Any Con Ed customer, who was spoiled as a result of the outage, can apply for reimbursement through Con Ed’s website.

“We are working diligently to get you back, we understand the difficulty, and we are not going to stop until your power is restored,” Cawley said.