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Several manholes along 75th Street exploded in flames early Thursday morning, setting two cars abalze and injuring five people.
The weeks since Hurricane Sandy’s landfall provided an object lesson in Murphy’s Law. Not only were homes flooded, some moved off their foundations or scrubbed clean off the map. Felled trees used homes to soften their landings. Power outages progressed from a mere nuisance to a life-threatening detachment from society. Much of Breezy Point, even with Sandy’s surge waters still high, managed to burn to the ground.
Every raw figure, distressed resident and upset elected official pointed to a greater failure. Yes, Sandy packed a historic wallop, but some believe a city that survived Sept. 11, a blackout, a tornado, a transit strike and Hurricane Irene should have been better prepared. What went wrong?
Jaqueline Califano greeted Tuesday morning sans electricity with a mammoth, century-old tree sitting atop her Auburndale home. She called 311, reported the problem and got assurances from the Parks Department that the issue will be addressed – eventually.
Consolidated Edison and its largest union are expected to agree on Aug. 15 to proposed contract terms, according to Utility Workers Local 1-2 spokesman John Melia.
Last Thursday, with reports of a tornado that never came, Gov. Cuomo had Local 1-2 and Con Ed representatives tentatively agree on a four-year contract and put locked out employees back to work after three weeks. If it is formally agreed on, Con Ed workers will see a wage increase of 12 percent over four years. The retirement age will also stay at 55 instead of changing to 60.
As city officials and residents bite their nails over predicted strong rains and even the chance of a tornado, Gov. Cuomo pushed Consolidated Edison and its largest union to come to a tentative contract agreement on Thursday.
Truck drivers honked their support and bikers gave thumbs up as they passed the handful of Con Edison Workers who protested on Tuesday outside Con Edison’s Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City.
Contract talks broke down July 1 after the workers’ contract expired at midnight.
As temperatures hung just below 100 degrees in Queens and elsewhere in New York City, Con Edison locked out about 8,000 workers after their union refused to extend their existing contract while management and workers remain at an impasse over a new one.
Queens, NY — The union representing 8,000 Con Edison workers said contract negotiations could come down to the wire this weekend.
On Saturday, New York got an unusually early taste of winter when over an inch and in some places as many as six inches of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service.
A new power plant is coming to Astoria and residents and local leaders could not be happier.
The last thing you want to do when crime is on the rise is hamstring your police department. But that’s just what state lawmakers and Gov. David Paterson have done by barring the New York Police Department from maintaining its full stop-and-frisk database.
The spring 2010 graduates of York College’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Aerospace Academy were recognized in a ceremony filled with NASA representatives, elected community officials and proud friends and family.
Gianaris outlines goals for Senate run, promises fiscal prudence
Long Island Power Authority President and CEO Kevin Law and Consolidated Edison Chairman and CEO Kevin Burke have announced their public-private partnership is moving forward with plans for a new study on a major offshore wind farm.
Crisis is a word the public hears several times a day, every day. “Financial crisis,” “health care crisis,” “climate change crisis,” “energy crisis” — these phrases are seen, heard and read everywhere from the evening news to the morning radio broadcast to the lunch-break newspaper.
The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on an application filed by Con Edison, renewing its permit to operate a hazardous waste storage facility in Astoria.
The president of Consolidated Edison Co. received a warm reception at York College in Jamaica last Friday, despite the company’s proposed rate hike, which worries borough residents, and the memory of last summer’s blackout still fresh in people’s minds.
In the aftermath of the Minnesota bridge collapse, the widespread subway flooding during last week’s thunderstorms and the Manhattan steam pipe explosion, Queens elected officials are calling for action.
The New York Times printing plant, visible from the Whitestone Expressway in College Point, will be getting a 70,613-square-foot addition in the back. Officials at the Times say the expansion will blend in with the current architecture. It will be used to house a larger mailroom. In addition, the facility will be getting a new high-speed press in its existing building. The newspaper’s Edison, N.J., plant is closing and printing is being consolidated in Queens.
A trio of alleged scam artists defrauded small immigrant owned businesses in Corona of tens of thousands of dollars in an elaborate scheme that has left the lives of four store owners and one resident in shambles, prosecutors said.
Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, who has been a steadfast opponent of the proposed 1,000-megawatt SCS Energy plant in Astoria, is now calling for a state inquiry into whether the company has enough financing to move forward with its construction.
Clean-up crews have removed most of the toxic contaminants discovered in the soil in a section of KeySpan’s Ravenswood power plant in Long Island City.
Almost six months after September 11th, a cross-section of high-profile security directors spoke on Tuesday about what’s being done to ensure the safety of the public against future terrorism.
The three-year, $140-million reconstruction of the Flushing River Bridge on the Whitestone Expressway is slated to begin next April, but state transportation authorities said on Monday they don’t expect any major tie-ups or detours.