Many of you have experienced the unacceptably too often experience of the loss of electrical power. While Con Ed claims that many of these outages are unavoidable, such a response is unacceptable. With the monopoly granted to it, comes the responsibility of providing uninterrupted reliable service. I am working with Councilmember Marianne Sussman of District 6 to lobby the Public Service Commission to condition any further rate increases to Con Ed on the provision of adequate service and the investment in the infrastructure to assure that these outages are not repeated. It is no small challenge to pressure Con Ed to address these issues, but we will continue to press the utility until these concerns are adequately addressed.