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PAGE 10                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                     THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024

           Con Edison Installing 100 ‘Interrupters’ On                            AG James Announces Election Protection Hotline

              Underground Electrical Equipment To                                            Ahead of June Primary Elections
         Enhance Reliability In Brooklyn And Queens                               Voters Experiencing Prob-  encing problems to reach  required by law.
        Devices Will Limit Outages                                                lems Can Consult Fre-   out to our hotline.”         All registered voters
                                                                                  quently Asked Questions,       New Yorkers are protect-
                                                                                                                                  have the right to accessible
        As Heat Waves Become                                                      Call (866) 390-2992, or  ed from voter intimidation,  elections. On Election Day,
        More Severe And Frequent                                                  Request Assistance Online  deception, and obstruction  polls are required to be
        And the Need for Power                                                                            under state and federal law.  open from 6:00 AM to 9:00
        Grows During the Clean                                                         New York Attorney  Attorney General James  PM, and if voters are in line
        Energy Transition                                                         General Letitia James an-  urges voters experiencing  before closing, they must be
                                                                                  nounced that the Office of  problems voting to call the  allowed to vote. In addition,
             Con Edison is installing                                             the Attorney General (OAG)  OAG hotline at (866) 390-  all registered voters have
        100 new “interrupters” on                                                 will make its Election Pro-  2992, or submit a complaint  the right to vote free from
        underground electric deliv-                                               tection Hotline available  online to request assistance.  coercion or intimidation,
        ery equipment in Brooklyn                                                 for the upcoming June 25,       The telephone hotline  whether by election officials
        and Queens over the next                                                  2024 primary election and  will be open between 9:00  or any other person.
        five years. To date, crews                                                during New York’s early  AM and 6:00 PM during       The OAG will receive
        have  installed  20  inter-                                               voting period, which runs  early voting (Saturday, June  and respond to election
        rupters.                                                                  from Saturday, June 15  15 through  Sunday,  June  complaints relating to any
             An interrupter is a                                                  through Sunday, June 23.  23), and between 6:00 AM  of the statutes that OAG en-
        sophisticated  device  that  tially,” said Jamie Brennan,  committed to investing   The hotline will be avail-  and 9:00 PM on Election  forces, including the newly
        swiftly detects and “inter-  vice  president,  Brooklyn  in innovative solutions to   able to troubleshoot and  Day, Tuesday, June 25. The  operative New York Voting
        rupts”  problems  within  and Queens Electric Op-  meet the growing energy   resolve  a  range of issues  hotline will also be avail-  Rights Act.
        underground electrical sys-  erations at Con Edison.  needs of its customers.   encountered by voters, in-  able on Wednesday, June 26       The OAG Election Protec-
        tems. These devices func-  “Implementing these ad-  The deployment of these   cluding issues with voting  between 9:00 AM and 6:00  tion Hotline is being coordi-
        tion as circuit breakers,  vanced  interrupters  is  a  interrupters is a testament   absentee, by early mail  PM to help voters who need  nated by the Voting Rights
        significantly reducing the  crucial step in enhancing  to that commitment, re-  ballot, or in-person at their  assistance following Elec-  Section, headed by Section
        impact of electrical issues  our system’s efficiency,  inforcing the company’s   polling place. A guide ad-  tion Day. Written requests  Chief Lindsay McKenzie,
        by keeping a portion of a  reducing safety hazards  dedication to providing   dressing frequently asked  for assistance may be sub-  with  Assistant Attorneys
        cable in service when a  and mitigating prolonged  safe, reliable, and efficient   questions is also currently  mitted at any time through  General Bethany Perskie,
        fault occurs.            customer outages.”      energy to the communities   available to assist voters  the online form. Hotline  Edward Fenster, Derek Bor-
             This strategic approach       The interrupters improve  it serves.   with the absentee or early  calls and written requests  chardt, Vivian Michael, and
        ensures a continued flow  an electric delivery system       Con Edison is a sub-  mail ballot request process  for assistance are processed  Rebecca Culley; Senior
        of energy to many of the  that is already among the  sidiary of Consolidated   and voter registration issues  by OAG attorneys and staff.  Voting  Rights Analysts
        customers served by that  most reliable in the world.  Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED],   in advance of the election.       The OAG has operated its  Turquoise Baker and Jake
        cable, reducing the likeli-  Based on 2023 data, the  one of the nation’s larg-       “Access to the ballot box  Election Protection Hotline  Moore; and Administrative
        hood  of  larger  outages.  typical Con Edison custom-  est investor-owned energy   is the foundational right of  since November 2012. Dur-  Assistant Trainee 2 Lyric
        This new technology will  er would experience only  companies, with approxi-  our democracy,” said At-  ing previous elections, OAG  Landon. The Voting Rights
        help Con Edison maintain  one outage every seven  mately $15 billion in annual   torney General James. “Our  fielded hundreds — and  Section is part of the Civil
        its industry-leading reli-  years, not counting inter-  revenues and $67 billion   election protection hotline  sometimes thousands —  Rights Bureau, overseen by
        ability as the demand for  ruptions caused by storms.  in assets. The utility deliv-  will be available to address  of complaints from voters  Bureau Chief Sandra Park
        electricity increases during       By swiftly isolating and  ers electricity, natural gas   challenges voters face and  across the state and worked  and Deputy Bureau Chief
        the summer months and as  addressing faults, these  and steam, and serves 3.7   provide helpful guidance,  with local election officials  Travis England. The Civil
        more New Yorkers transi-  devices enhance the over-  million customers in New   regardless of whether they  and others to address issues.  Rights Bureau is a part of
        tion away from fossil fuels.   all resiliency of the power  York City and Westches-  choose to vote early, by  The OAG has also taken le-  the Division for Social Jus-
             “As temperatures rise,  grid, ensuring that essen-  ter County. For financial,   mail, or on election day. I  gal action to protect against  tice, which is led by Chief
        the demand for electricity  tial services remain unin-  operations and customer   am proud that my office  voter registration purges  Deputy Attorney General
        to cool homes and build-  terrupted.             service information, visit   continues to protect New  and to ensure that voters  Meghan Faux and overseen
        ings increases substan-       Con Edison remains              Yorkers’ right to vote and  have adequate and equi-  by First Deputy Attorney
                                                                                  encourage anyone experi-  table access to vote early as  General Jennifer Levy.
          Queens Chamber Of Commerce And Caribbean
                     Business Connections Announce                                        Celebrating Queens Pride
                            Affiliation Agreement
             The Queens Cham-
        ber of Commerce, the bor-
        ough’s  oldest  and  largest
        business association, and
        Caribbean Business Con-
        nections (CBC) announced
        an affiliation agreement that
        aims to foster stronger ties
        and promote mutual growth
        within business communi-
        ties across Queens.
             The Caribbean Busi-
        ness Connections honored
        Joanne Persad of the Queens
        Chamber of Commerce at  proud partner of the Queens   e-newsletter, and website,
        their event earlier today in  Chamber of Commerce, and   to  promote  the  activities
        celebration of Caribbean  we appreciate all the time   and programs of Caribbean
        American Heritage Month.  and energy that Joanne puts   Business Connections. Simi-
             “We are thrilled to join  into her work there, and we   larly, Caribbean Business
        forces with Caribbean Busi-  look forward to working   Connections will promote
        ness Connections,” said Tom  with her in the future.”  the Queens Chamber of
        Grech, President and CEO       “Being honored by Carib-  Commerce’s programs and
        of the Queens Chamber of  bean Business Connections   activities through commu-
        Commerce. “This affiliation  is a profound acknowledg-  nication methods, ensuring
        is a significant step towards  ment of the work I am a part   broad visibility and engage-
        building a more connected  of at the Queens Chamber   ment within both networks.
        and robust business commu-  of Commerce,” said Joanne        About the Queens Cham-
        nity in Queens. By support-  Persad, Chief Operating   ber of Commerce: - The
        ing each other’s programs  Officer of the Queens Cham-  Queens Chamber of Com-
        and activities, we can offer  ber of  Commerce. “This   merce is the oldest and larg-
        our members greater op-  partnership will undoubt-  est business association in
        portunities for growth and  edly amplify our efforts to   Queens, representing more
        collaboration.”          support and empower the   than 1,400 businesses and
             “Caribbean Business Con-  diverse business community   more than 150,000 Queens-
        nections would like to extend  in Queens.”       based employees. Its mission
        our heartfelt congratulations       As part of this initia-  is to foster connections,
        to Joanne Persad on her well-  tive, the Queens Chamber   educate for success, de-
        deserved award,” said Hanif  of Commerce will utilize   velop/implement programs,   Happy Pride! Jackson Heights buzzed with excitement during
        Russell, Co-founder of Ca-  its communication  chan-  and advocate for members’    the New Queens Pride Parade. It felt great to march alongside
        ribbean Business Connec-  nels, including This is   interests. www.queen-  my colleagues united in celebration to honor the LGBTQIA+
        tions. “Our organization is a  Queensborough Magazine,   community, embodying the values of perseverance and inclusion.
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