Yonkers Mayor Spano Calls on Con Edision to Pay Up
YONKERS, NY – March 13, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today is asking that Con Edison be required to give customers a credit for power outages, as well as reimbursement for any hotel or other emergency expenses suffered during the recent nor’easters.
As it stands, the only benefit available to customers currently is that they can submit claims to cover the cost of food that is spoiled during an outage.
“Con Ed does not waive the basic service charge even when the power is out,” noted Spano. “They charge you to be hooked up to power even when they aren’t providing any. That’s not right.”
Mayor Spano, who said Con Ed’s response to the storms was unacceptable, is asking the Public Service Commission to order a two-for-one penalty against Con Ed, requiring the company to pay customers two days of service fees for every day they were out. “That will be a good incentive for Con Ed to be better prepared in the future,” said Mayor Spano.
In addition, said Mayor Spano, Con Ed should be required to reimburse customers who can show receipts for hotels and meal expenses incurred during the outages.
“Con Ed is guaranteed a profit by the Public Service Commission and they have a monopoly on delivering power, even if you originally buy it from someone else,” said Mayor Spano. “Given those circumstances, the PSC needs to level the playing field to give consumers a fair shake.”
Mayor Spano noted that in Yonkers, thousands of families were without power for days on end, and many residents of apartment buildings were forced to vacate them entirely because lack of power disabled hallway lights, elevators, and heating systems.
“Besides the inconvenience, people spend hard-earned dollars because Con Ed wasn’t properly prepared,” said Mayor Spano. “A modest penalty and repayment for services not delivered is only fair.”