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So Con Ed shut your power off? Here’s how to get some money back.

July 22, 2019 Sara Bosworth
A refrigerator. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

After New York City and Westchester reached a new record for peak power usage on Sunday night during the weekend’s heat wave, Con Edison cut power for approximately 33,000 Brooklyn customers — leaving them with no lights, no air conditioning and food slowly rotting in their refrigerators. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done about that last one.

If you were among the tens of thousands of Con Edison customers who had their power severed on Sunday night, you can file a claim for any food or medicine that went bad as a result.

The energy service company has claim forms on their website in 10 different languages — you can find them here.

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Claims must include an itemized list and proof of loss (think photographs of food, cancelled checks and receipts — we don’t condone mailing Con Edison your spoiled milk).

Reimbursement for residences is limited to $515, which does not include any claim for spoiled prescription medication. Commercial reimbursement is limited to $10,200. Con Edison will only validate claims that resulted from a loss of power for 12 hours or more within a 24-hour period.

You have 30-day window after the outage to fill out and send a claim. Happy filing!

By the way — were you affected by the power outage? If so, let us know: [email protected]


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