Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Con Ed (Sort of) Reimburses Park Slope Food Coop for Blackout

Remember last year's lights out episode on Union Street in Park Slope? Probably not, given the mayhem in Astoria that followed. Nonetheless, the lights did go out on a block of Union Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope for 16 hours on July 17 and 18. Among the victims was the Park Slope Food Coop. The losses at the Coop were tallied at $22,756.73 worth of perishable food that was spoiled. When the Coop tallied up the loss of food, repairs to the refrigeration system and added payroll and other expenses, the losses hit $27,000. In any case, the Brooklyn Eagle reports the convoluted tale of loss, initial rejection of claim, appeal to Councilman David Yassky and Community Board 6 and, finally, the issue of a $7,000 check by Con Ed. (Con Ed rejected the claim but relented after the Yassky and CB6 intervention.) Why $7,000? That is Con Ed's limit on such losses.
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