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Hearing to Look at ConEd Safety Record

A New York State Assembly committee hearing is being held to examine Con Edison's service and safety record since a lockout of its 8,500 unionized workers.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Manhattan.

About 5,000 managers have been keeping electricity going for 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County since the workers were locked out June 30 after their contract expired.

Con Edison says it has been responding to emergencies efficiently despite several heat waves.

Neither side has reported any real progress in negotiations.


Ian Pickus, WAMC News

Copyright 2012, by the Associated Press

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.