Con Edison has reduced voltage in the Maspeth, Queens area which includes the neighborhoods of Glendale, Fresh Pond, Ridgewood, Rego Park, Middle Village, Elmhurst and Woodside due to problems on electrical equipment.
The affected areas are bounded by Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the north, Brooklyn borough line on the west, Jackie Robinson Parkway on the south, and Queens Boulevard on the east.
The affected areas include approximately 107,000 customers.
The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problem. Con Edison has asked customers in these areas not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the equipment problems are resolved.
Customers can report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.conEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs. Customers may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
The equipment problems in these neighborhoods have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.