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Greenburgh's Power-less are Outraged at Con Ed

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Almost three days after Tropical Storm Irene swept through Greenburgh, Louise and David Lippner are still without power. Their generator takes care of the sump pump and the fridge, but their asthmatic daughter struggles without an air conditioner.

“We can’t even get a fan for our daughter,” Louise Lippner said, in front of her house at Hartsdale Road.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 605 Con Edison customers still without power in Greenburgh, down from 6,000 after the storm on Sunday, according to a message the company sent to the Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. Besides Hartsdale Road and surroundings, The Daily Greenburgh has heard from residents still without power in Hartsdale and Elmsford. Like the Lippners, they believe that they have waited long enough, and are angry at Con Edison.

“It’s outrageous,” said David Lippner, adding that he experienced a similar delay in March 2010, when his house also lost power after a storm.

At the nearby Barnwell Drive, Lucille Mozdziak was equally frustrated, especially because power has already been restored in most of the neighborhood.

“How come all this people have power and we are still in the dark?” she said.

Mozdziak complained that she has to wake up at night to refill the generator, so that the sump pump that prevents the house from getting flooded keeps working.

“If I didn’t have to worry about the water, I could live,” she said.

A few houses up the block, her friend Joan Quinn, who is also without power, said that her life has stopped.

“It’s certainly not the same and you are in the dark the whole night,” she said.

In an open letter published Monday in this paper, Feiner argued that Con Edison was treating Westchester people as “second class citizens,” after the company announced that power in New York City would be restored a few days earlier than in the county.

Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for Con Edison, strongly denied that the company is favoring New York City, and said that all customers in Westchester should have power by Thursday night, or latest Friday early morning.

“We understand the frustration; we just ask for the patience,” he said.

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