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FYI: Councilmember Alan Gerson says his district got “the runaround” from Con Ed during last week's blackout and is demanding a study of why it took so much longer to get the Cooper Square electricity sub-grid, one of the city's largest, back online than it did the rest of the city. Gerson says his constituents in the Lower East Side, Chinatown and NoHo were put at unnecessary risk when they didn't regain power until 9 pm Friday. Gerson will also introduce legislation prompting the Office of Emergency Management to develop an 11-point plan for responding to residential emergencies like blackouts. Among other things, the plan would expand the voluntary registry of people who are dependent on power for medical needs or who need help evacuating; designate at least one shelter within each community board area where people can spend the night, and offer transport to them; and stockpile generators in central locations. [8/21/03]

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