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Con Ed Reduces Voltage To Northern SI Neighborhoods

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Thousands of Staten Island residents are being asked to do without air conditioning Saturday, as Con Edison has reduced voltage to several neighborhoods in the northern part of the borough.

The company is requesting that residents avoid using energy-intensive appliances, including air conditioners.

The company said they're fixing a problem with electrical equipment.

The reduction affects 61,000 customers in neighborhoods including St. George, Stapleton, New Dorp, Dongan Hills and Midland Beach.

They're also asking residents to turn off lights and televisions when not in use.

It was unclear as of 5 p.m. Saturday when the voltage reduction would end.

Meanwhile, cooling centers remain open around the five boroughs through the rest of the weekend.

Temperatures topped 90 degrees at Central Park, at LaGuardia Airport and at John F. Kennedy International Airport as of 1 p.m. Saturday.

All New Yorkers, especially the young and elderly, are encouraged to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity outdoors.

To find a cooling center, call 311 or go tonyc.gov/oem.

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