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It’s a big Con Ed ache as hundreds of workers will compete for street parking

The Brooklyn Paper

Hundreds more drivers will compete for parking spots in Gowanus and Park Slope under a plan by Con Ed to eliminate a 250-space employee parking lot next month.

The energy giant will close the private parking lot inside its superblock complex bounded by Fourth and Third avenues and First and Third streets — sending workers hunting for spots alongside residents in the already spot-challenged area.

“This company don’t give a damn,” said union president Harry Farrell. “All they care about is money.”

Utility workers — many of whom commute from Staten Island, Queens and Long Island — say that closing the lot would flood the streets with suburbanites who are too burnt out to vie for parking.

But locals have an issue, too.

“Our lunch crowd already has a hard time,” said Ian Vidaurre, who manages Bogota Latin Bistro, which is nine blocks away on Fifth Avenue. “Less parking is bad for business.”

Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said the firm is getting rid of its free parking lot “as part of an overall strategy to reduce operating costs for customers.” Company honchos are subsidizing employees’ use public transportation, although out-of-borough workers — many of whom arrive before sunrise and work 16-hour days — say that’s unrealistic.

And workers like Vinny Kyne think that the company should consider the larger ramifications of the move.

“It’s not just us who will suffer,” he said. “Park Slope will, too.”

Hundreds of employees use the building — which is full of offices, a locker room and a “service station” — as a home base, just catty-corner from where a new Whole Foods will rise (and no-doubt draw even more traffic to the area).

A decline in the number of free parking spaces will inevitably result in more traffic. After all, a 2007 study revealed that 45 percent of traffic on nearby Seventh Avenue comes from drivers simply hunting for spots.

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Shannon from Bay Ridge says:
Sounds like there needs to be more metered spots, and higher prices to temper the demand.
March 25, 2011, 7:10 am
trans alt from bike nation says:
The last thing Park Slope needs is a bunch of low rent Long Island white trash driving their SUVs around the neighborhood. Make them use mass transit, or fire them, and hire people from the city that know how to use trains and buses.
March 25, 2011, 8 am
freddieja from park slope says:
all the company wants to do is make money. what's wrong with that? you want the company to give you charity? you want the company to provide free parking? hey buddy, take mass transportation like the rest of us!
March 25, 2011, 8:41 am
Peter from Park Slope says:
Since this is a perfect demonstration of the fact that there's no such thing as free parking:

Why doesn't Con Ed just keep the lot open, but charge its' employees a daily rate for its' use? Charge a price that will allow ConEd to break even on the lot. Then ConEd employees can make the choice between using it, spending a ton of time searching for parking in the neighborhood, or using mass transit.
March 25, 2011, 9:07 am
Donald from Gowanus says:
At the very least, parking in a ConEd owned lot, by a ConEd employee who is not required by the company to drive to work should be counted as a taxable benefit. Either ConEd or the employees should be paying tax to the city on this perk. The city should also consider paving a few of the vacant lots and put in high-priced meters. The funds collected from the meters could be split with the property owners until such time as the owners are ready to build or do something productive with the lots.
March 25, 2011, 10:29 am
Swamp Yankee from Long Island says:
I live on Long Island, I work in Brooklyn for the City. I don't get free parking. If I drive, I pay. Thats why I take LIRR. It's got issues, but it terminates in Brooklyn and there are a dozen subways that connect. Sounds like someone is spoiled. Let them go work for a competing power company. Oh wait, you work for a monopoly. Well, now you know how the rate payers feel. Screw off.
March 25, 2011, 11:35 am
boof b from brooklyn says:
The parking problem needs a dose of good old-fashioned capitalism. If there's not enough steak dinner for everyone who wants one, the price goes up. Why should on-street parking be any different?
March 25, 2011, 11:43 am
Free ain't free from Brooklyn says:
Once again, Union members giving themselves a bad name. A free parking lot in a city as dense as New York is pretty ridiculous.
March 25, 2011, 12:31 pm
con ed guy from brooklyn says:
In response to the previous posts, when we are required to come to work there is no mass transit running!! Remember we are a 24/7 operation! As con ed employees we are not given the option to pay for parking. It was just taken away without the opportunity to even try to justify the expense. Rain,sleet,snow,100 degree weather we are out there in vehicles that do not have good working heat or any air conditioning. Please take a look on the corner of 1st and 4th Ave. That lot is filled with company take home vehicles for corporate office workers free of charge. We are not your enemy. We do our best to keep your lights on and your families warm even at the cost of not spending time with our own
March 25, 2011, 12:55 pm
On fire from Gowanus says:
Gee if my lights go out I hope my lights can be restored without the ConEd guy having to going back to his car to refill the meter. Food for thought.
March 25, 2011, 1:30 pm
Bobalou from Long island says:
It really comes down to us con-Ed workers taking your parking spots it's not that we want but like you we have to get to work just like you do. When we had the blizzard around Christmas time we didn't have the option of staying home with our families we had to be here to make sure you had lights and heat and mass transit wasn't working. Also we are not white trash from Long Island we are just people trying to get our jobs done.
March 25, 2011, 1:32 pm
Vinny from con ed from Gowanus says:
As a UWUA local 1-2 member born and raised in Brooklyn and having worked for Con-Ed for 4 decades, I would have to say,I was always proudest of this company when they showed their ability to respond to an emergency. From 9/11 to the hurricanes in 2010, and every weather event in between, when the Union and the Company worked together for the common good of the public, it worked for the good of us all.
I'm afraid that the removal of the parking lots will seriously reduce their capacity to respond to emergencies. Since don't give notice we are often called in, in the middle of the night or on the weekends to perform the difficult and often dangerous challenge of restoring power.
Last year we were in emergency mode 8 of the first 9 months. Under such conditions we report to work very early and work VERY LATE.
These conditions make it a physical impossibility to take mass transit
Con-Ed states that this is a cost cutting practice. Ask them how many millions, millions and millions in cost overruns they had when building a simple 2 story building.
They didn't seam to care how they spent YOUR money then.
March 25, 2011, 1:59 pm
Reality Check from Not in Brooklyn says:
Anyone ever consider the fact that the hours Con Ed employees work would make it difficult to take mass transit. The train schedules don't actually line up with Con Ed work schedule. Its ok though, when you guys are out of lights because of a snow storm and looking for response they'll be busy looking for alternate side parking. Enjoy next winter :-)
March 25, 2011, 2:08 pm
Chris dz from Greenpoint says:
If coned employees pay for parking it will help the situation. I hate driving into park slope to pay my baby's mama every week. Not cause u got to pay her, but cause of the parking!!!!
People that live in park slope have cars and never use them!
March 25, 2011, 2:13 pm
brooklyn con ed from park slope says:
Con Edisons response to the public in PIX 11 news was "we do not want the cost of parking to effect the rates of the customers" I am a customer as well as an employee who for the record recieves no discount whatsoever on my electric. I bet most of the people do not know that no Con Edison employee recieves any discount. Feel free to speak to President Craig Ivey amd ask him to show the discounts you will recieve.
March 25, 2011, 2:18 pm
concerned from brooklyn says:
I have worked for three different utilities in my career and every one of them has provided parking because of the 24/7 coverage needed.
March 25, 2011, 2:42 pm
giuseppe from queens says:
These parking lots aren't affecting anyone in a bad way. They are helping in every aspect. Not only for us employees but for the community as well. By Con Edison providing us with parking; it lessens the traffic and parking in the area, helps employees get into work easier and quicker for us to.respond to emergency situations. We can't forget that we are an emergency utility company and families rely on us just as much as any other emergency response like cops, firemen and emt. Electricity has become a necessity in our every day life and in many cases our lives depend on it. Why make it harder for everyone and especially for the people who put their lives on the line everyday just so we can all have a better lifestyle.
March 25, 2011, 3:03 pm
Mike vavallo from Staten island says:
Go get em coned
March 25, 2011, 3:13 pm
Niccolo from Brooklyn says:
No parking lot lessens traffic, that is ridiculous. Despite the ridiculousness of it many people hold that opinion as if it were gospel. That is why many academic studies, particular but not limited to Donald Shoups book, "The High Cost of Free Parking", have been published on the subject. Eliminating company provided parking will cause some portion of the work force to choose mass transit.

Likewise, off peak travel is cheaper on the LIRR though not as many trains run. If there is higher usage in the off hours the MTA can afford to run more service.

Residential parking permits are going to become a more important policy alternative in areas like Park Slope but regardless the mass transit connections to that location are excellent.

I do suspect that particular location becoming a higher value real estate property as the Whole Foods moves in an anchors greater development in the area. I am all in favor of industrial uses but a parking lot is not an industrial use. There will be much greater traffic with the opening of the Whole Foods anyway but they themselves have cut back their parking allotment as the project has progressed.

I'm a union guy myself and I don't fault the leader here for stating what his members want him to state. However, he knows no one is quitting ConEd over the loss of their free parking. Maybe they will have a longer commute if they live in TimBuckTwo Staten Island or TimBuckThree Suffolk county but that is really a real estate issue for those communities and another reason they should support strong MTA funding from the state.
March 25, 2011, 3:22 pm
Keep it simple from Park Slope says:
Everyone needs to keep a few things in mind here. Number one the parking lot in discussion holds hundreds of cars. You can say all you want they should take public transportation and some of these employees will probably do so, but that doesn't mean they ALL can. These employees are simply asking for help and support and trying to make everyone realize what will come out of this.

Number two, these are NOT corporate jobs or a corporate building we are talking about. This is a workout location for field employees, who are working in dirty, dangerous underground structures throughout Brooklyn. They can not refill a meter during the day, they can not move their car for parking restrictions, so they will use the spots where this is not necessary. They are a 24/7 operation, so when a shift changes, they will replace one persons car with the next. Con Edison does not provide parking for all of their workers in all of their locations, but in this instance, it is a necessity to the employees. Like a previous post stated, all utilities provide this in their field workout locations due to the nature of the business.

Number three, not once did they mention "free parking" was being taken away. It is the freedom of mind that they can work double shifts, as they often do, and not worry about parking tickets or being towed. There are no lots in the area they can pay and leave their car as there would be in Manhattan. I am sure some of them would pay for this if given an option. Train and bus schedules do not run at 3am when someone gets off a 12 hour shift from the previous afternoon.

And number four, just like another post said, having this parking lot stay in play is not doing anyone harm, but is doing a lot of good. Whatever "savings" comes from this like the company has stated will be reflected across the five boroughs and Westchester, their service territory.

Bottom line, this parking lot being taken away WILL affect the community, and they need your support.
March 25, 2011, 3:32 pm
Steve from PPW says:
The real problem is not ConEd employees doing vital repairs in the neighborhood and needing a place to park, but

The fact is that there are way too many private car owners who live in the neighborhood and park for free on city streets. Why should anyone get to park their private property on public streets for free, especially if they are not providing a service that contributes to the larger public good? People leave their cars on the street for days at a time, only moving them on alternate side parking days. That helps no one but the individual car owner.

If parking was priced fairly, fewer people would keep cars, and the city dedicate more space to employees of public utilities who need to drive to their jobs.
March 25, 2011, 3:55 pm
Alan from whocares says:
I am going to guess that anyone showing no sypathy for these guys is just not from NYC originally. You can talk about the economics of parking all you want, but you'll be the first ones whining when the power goes out. Or maybe you won't, you'll have a marching parade down a busy street or make a fort out of pillows or start a candle light kickball league and talk about how wonderful and green it is to live without power.
March 25, 2011, 4:04 pm
low rent white trash from NJ from Keyport NJ says:
On 12/27/2010 I took my daughter's SUV and drove to Brooklyn only because I knew that I could plow into the parking lot. If I waited for public transportation I, and many others like me would not be there to restore the thousands of people who had no power. We do not have a 9-5 job. We can not car pool due to crewing schedules. We have tried and the company will make no accomadations for such an arrangement.The remarks I see are astounding. It ranges from class warfare to anti unionism. This on the 100th anniversary of the modern labor movement.
The issue is simple. We need those spots to provide you with service. The community does not need us taking the spots they need for thier homes, schools and businesses.
Please contact your elected representatives and Con Ed and tell them just that.
Please stick to the issue
March 25, 2011, 5:05 pm
John p from Queens NY says:
Well I hear spoiled, ignorant, white trash. What about hard working, responsible, reliable family oriented men and women who work at a 24/7 job. People are saying let them take public transportation. Take into consideration not everyone is close. We have workers coming from not only Queens and LI, but also NJ and Pennsylvania. During snow storms and heat waves our days are 12-16 hour shifts. To have to take buses and trains after working in these conditions would be nearly impossible considering we are expected to be back by early the next morning. To call us spoiled when we are working in hot dirty underground structures to make sure your heated in the winter and cool in the summer is absurd.So lets really think what we are saying people. Thank you.
March 25, 2011, 5:26 pm
Tricia from Ozone Park says:
Its bad enough that these men and women risk their lives working on live electric to ensure that everyone's homes are heated, air conditioned etc.. The least the con ed can do is continue to provide this to their hard working employees. Lastly, to the people on here calling the Con Ed workers white trash or whatever else, I wish you a few nights without electricity next winter. Let me know how that works out for you. ;)
March 25, 2011, 5:47 pm
SuperTrash from Staten Island (formerly Brooklyn) says:
I have worked for ConEd for almost 40 years. I am proud of the job I and my co-workers do. It means a lot to us when we can use our skills to help people. You don't often hear ConEd employees crying about what they go through in their day -- like most of the city's emergency workers (NYPD, FDNY, EMT) we take it in our stride. When this company makes decisions (in a fashion that only a monopoly can) that infringe on everyone with complete lack of thought, we are not going to sit back and let it just happen. As usual, they are using the "we don't want to raise consumer prices" excuse..........and many people seem to be happy to buy into it. Do you really think your rates will not be raised if they can get away with it anyway? Do you really think they worry about your household budget? Are they worried when the CEO is given a Christmas bonus in the billions of dollars (that's right -- I said BONUS)? Some of you are very happy to say "Let them pay for parking." Don't forget we are consumers too and pay the same rates that you do. If I could pay for my parking and save on my bill -- believe me it would be a trade-off. That's not going to happen. This community needs to pull together with the workers at this time. Division always means defeat -- and who, in the long-run will be the victor? When power outages cause life-threatening conditions, who will respond? It's not about the money, it's an issue of time: time spent travelling (mass transit isn't always the quickest alternative) and time spent looking for a highly-coveted spot. Part of the problem is that most people are too young to remember why Unions came into existence. We are fortunate not to have to suffer the indignities of generations before us. But it is important to know what it was like then, and important to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself. We the ConEd workers are not "Superheroes" and we are not "Trash". We are proud, loyal, dedicated workers with a very important job to do. We are doing our best to stay "On It"!
March 25, 2011, 6:09 pm
chris d from bushwick says:
Taking mass transit can take 2 hrs for some people. Coming off of a double and leaving work at 11pm, only having to come back in at 7am is not possible. Yes it is 8 hrs in between shifts, but a 2 hour commute both ways only allows for 4 hours of sleep, and that's if you don't shower and go right to sleep. When your power is out, do you really want a sleep deprived person working on the electric inside on your house? The same electric that took someones life 2 years ago? The same electric that can start a fire and burn your house down, where your family eats and sleeps? I know I wouldn't
March 25, 2011, 6:11 pm
joebkny from midwood says:
Tal, what are you going to do about this problem?
March 25, 2011, 6:37 pm
I wanna be a dentist from Your Neighborhood...OUR NEIGHBORHOOD says:
Electricity is a vital part of OUR lives. Anyone who has been without electricity knows this to be true more than those who have not had this experience. Being a very proud employee of this company (which I am) comes with great responsibility. We risk our lives every day to keep the lights on. While the general public are charging their cell phones and watching television with their families in the comfort of their air conditioned/heated homes ConEdison is out in the streets, day and night, weekends and holidays making sure that our job of keeping the electricity flowing gets done safely and professionally. When you see a ConEd truck in the streets it is really easy to see the traffic jam behind it. When you see an employee sitting in a truck it is easy to assume them to be lazy. What is harder to see is that that truck double parked, blocking traffic is keeping the hospital on the corner running. What is harder to see is that, that employee sitting in that 90 degree/freezing cold ice box of a truck has just worked 6 days straight at 12-16 hours a day. What is easy to see is that we are employees of a ginormous money making machine. What is not as easy to see is that we are human beings. People, with families and lives just like yourselves. People who drive from Pennsylvania, Staten Island, New Jersey at and 4am to get to work by 6am. Even with the parking lot that we have been blessed with for these past many years, we need to wake up at 3:30am every day just to secure a spot within it. It is easy to see that we work in Park Slope. What unfortunately goes unseen most of the time is the fact that Park Slope is our home just as much as it is yours. Whether or not we are from PA, NY, SI, LI or anywhere else, our home is in Park Slope. We respect our community as well as ConEdison's customers. I am proud to put my life on the line each and every day working with 27,000 Volts of electricity and parking lot or no parking lot I will continue to do so. Every day when I drive over the Pulaski bridge at 4:15am, or 2:30pm, or 10:30pm, through the blistering heat of the summer to the dead cold and snow filled streets of the winter when I drive over that bridge I take a deep breath watching over BK NY and I feel responsible and proud to do the job I do for my community. There comes a point when money ends and fulfillment begins and for me that is at that bridge. Please help your community members as we will always humbly help/serve you.
March 25, 2011, 6:46 pm
Con Ed worker says:
I have a very simple request, I know alot of park slope residents read this. I am asking that anyone who has has had Con Ed employees in their house over this winter or last please post a message! I have been in homes of the residents of park slope, I have seen your reactions to our hard work. I have been told by folks "are you really working on live electric, you must be crazy". If any of the people we have helped are reading this, post about us. I know in my heart every resident we help has a good experience and understands what we go through when the power is out. I also see that you recognize our hard work and dedication.
March 25, 2011, 6:53 pm
Rob from Canarsie says:
I'm an employee of Con Ed I live in Canarsie and when we had the snow storm we had no choice but to come to work.My train is outside I had to leave my house at 4 AM to get to work and my shift started at 7AM. If we lose the parking lots and I take mass transportation I would have to take train from my house in brooklyn to Manhatten back to brooklyn to the job.That is a little insane I've taken mass transit back and forth to my last job in manhatten but not like this. thats why I take my car.
March 25, 2011, 7:09 pm
Sparky from Brooklyn/ S.I. says:
I honestly can't believe what some people have posted and said against us. We are NOT white trash. We are NOT low class. We ARE however the people who keep the lights, heat and air conditioning on for you sometimes working so many hours and days without a day off that we no longer know what day it is. We sacrifice time with our families to keep everything going.
If these parking lots are lost most of you don't seem to understand is that no matter what the corprate "fat cats" like kevin burke and craig ivey tell you like "this will not affect service "and "this is a cost cutting move"- the will be in fact LYING to the customers and us. They will give themselves nice raises and bonuses, and during a blizzard like the one in late Dec. when ALL mta transit was not running how are we going to get to the yard to go to work-no spots any more so we can't drive in then- guess the customers will have to wait until we can hop a bus or train... whenever they start running again.
i suggest writing or calling up Con ed and telling them and your city council and borough president that they should reconsider the decision to get rid of the parking lots-
March 25, 2011, 7:17 pm
tom murphy from sunset park says:
Must be contract time at Con Ed. Take away the percs so they become a bargaining chip in the negotiations. Whatever happened to the notion 'our workers are our most valuable assets'?

Of course, I read into this that not all the parkers are in a union and not protected from the arbitrary action of the bosses. Good luck.

What about 1099's for everyone? Unions will get cash for members; non-members are on their own.

BTW: What will Con Ed do with the land. It was swamp land, not good for anything--except for free parking. Do they have plans to develop? Check the water table.
March 25, 2011, 7:18 pm
Snicklefritz says:
Tom, its not con eds property. They lease it
March 25, 2011, 7:29 pm
P hickey from long island says:
White trash? Sure I enjoy budweiser out of a can while drinking on my lawn.. But I ask you this.. Its hard enough to find 1 parking spot as it is.. Where am I going to find 2 to 3 spots for my rv?
March 25, 2011, 7:34 pm
pj10 from QUEENS says:
They need parking .They are a utility company.Electricity does not stop.They are needed at diferent at needed times have a little compassion people.
March 25, 2011, 7:40 pm
pj10 from Queens says:
They are needed at diferent times!
March 25, 2011, 7:43 pm
Joey D from Dirty Jersey says:
That's why I live in NJ. LIPA doesn't have these problems.
BOooooooom!!!!!
March 25, 2011, 7:58 pm
Big pup from Bath ave baby! says:
Woof! these guys are right, I need my lights on all the time. You guys should go to the next community board meeting. I think it's on April 13. Woof!
March 25, 2011, 8:02 pm
Conrad ed from The best place on earth says:
I'll fix this my cousin has a blackhawk.
March 25, 2011, 8:07 pm
Antoine dodson from lincoln park nebraska says:
They climbin in your windows and snatching your people up.
March 25, 2011, 8:09 pm
sweezay baby from tisland says:
so i assume that all who are against the free parking lot are all for having exhausted and sleep deprived utility workers work on their electricity (safety hazard??) due to the fact that they work a 16 hour shift then need to wait for mass transit to get them home so they can do it all over again in a few hours... BAM!
March 25, 2011, 8:20 pm
Jose from PA says:
If coned workers start parking in the street, the grand theft auto crime rate will increase! I say this from experience! Yes! I am a felon. I have been giving a second chance. And if car thieves see a pattern they will start to flood the area. The result would be that park slopes crime rate goes up and property value goes down! Take it from an excon. It's a matter of time
March 25, 2011, 8:20 pm
Nicky from staten island says:
Being a convicted pedofile I am not allowed with in 200ft of aschool or play ground. There are mutiple schools/play grounds by the yard.. How am I going to park anywhere?
March 25, 2011, 8:30 pm
John M from Great hills says:
Mo, I am a proud con Ed worker! With no college degree I make over 100k a year working on live electric! What I am not proud of is all the ignorant comments made. How is a black hawk helping? We could afford parking, no problem, but we don't have that option! So please help us to get to work and have a place to park. That way we could continue to serve the public. Thanks for reading Mo.
March 25, 2011, 8:39 pm
Papi from PA from PA says:
I can rent out my 3acres to Con Ed and open a Bed and Breakfast!
March 25, 2011, 8:42 pm
Smokin from Forest says:
Ribbit
March 25, 2011, 8:46 pm
Rich says:
They're going to close the lot and do what with the space? Another great job of reporting BK paper!
March 25, 2011, 8:47 pm
Devon from Bk says:
Its hard enough for me to drive in a straight line with only one working eye.. Now I have to turn my head side to side to look for parking? Im going to spend more on a chiropracter than renting a parking spot
March 25, 2011, 8:47 pm
Yiani from Greece says:
Greek independence day today woohooo
March 25, 2011, 8:50 pm
Justin beiber says:
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March 25, 2011, 8:52 pm
Rich boy j from The hood says:
Just leave it at the valet.
March 25, 2011, 8:59 pm
LSCG from brooklyn says:
It's a shame that all this is about is cutting corners. Con Ed has made money hand over fist. A parking lot dilema? Get real. Where does the President of Con Edison park? I'm very sure he's securing his spot lovely while he pushes paper around and everyone else is left with holding an added expense for parking and transportation. Con Ed doesn't care about their employees or the community it will affect. Why don't they shave off some of their hefty paychecks and bonuses and let the employees keep their parking lot where they will be able to service the public in reasonable time and not have to wait until someone decides to get up and move their car. How about alternate side parking? When Blizzards, summer blackouts, no lights, emergencies etc happens then you get whining,complaining, people screaming that the workers are not doing their job fast enough. Well duhh, if they cant get to their stations then how are they going to service anyone..Making sure that your loyal employees are at work during these crucial times is important to someone who cares, apparently not the new guy on top and apparently not the dumbasses in Park Slope.
March 25, 2011, 9:08 pm
Sugar Shoes from Brooklyn says:
Alan from who cares, your comment was classic. They will swear the wright thing to do is go green.. Instead of preaching Green why dont you go live IT.. Give up your jobs, turnover your Brownstones, Donate your cars, Pull your kids out of Our Fantastic Public Schools wich they Attend for FREE for a Priceless education by Our Amazing Teachers (no offense to the board of Ed my wife is a teacher, but for all the people AGAINST FREE Parking. Maybe you have missed the signs that suround EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL, NO PARKING EXCEPT TEACHERS FROM 7-4:30 M-F) After you GIVE up all these things and leave.... There will not be such a demand for Con Ed because by you LEAVING the demand for electric wiill be reduced so much their will be No fear of overloads theirfor elimnating Power Outages...You have now Single Handedly Saved The Neighborhood... GOODBYE P.S Instead of bashing us, just say Thank You, we know you see us in 95 degree wheather, wearing Steeltip boots, longsleeve shirts, long pants, gloves,hardhats,overalls and so on.Spend a week in our Boots before you voice your opinions about us... White Trash- way to go Park Slope take a look in the mirror. I just got home from a 16Hr day my 3yr old & 6month old in bed already, Another day without saying Goodnight to my Kids, But yet you still have your Lights... Your Welcome
March 25, 2011, 9:34 pm
informant says:
I would like you all to remember the big three auto makers. Those ceo's who had the customers and employees best interests in mind decided to fly to washington in a multi million dollar private leer jet to beg for bailout money. Hey here is a similarity... Kevin Burke ceo has a paid chauffeur to drive him around. Not only does he have to worry about parking, he doesn't even have to worry about driving. Not to mention his 5 million dollar a year salary
March 25, 2011, 9:34 pm
con ed worker from staten island says:
As a utility worker i am proud of what i do and i am proud to work for the most reliable power company in the country. But recently Con Edison as well as most major companies have shown that they have absolutely no respect for what we do for them. all that it is is an attempt to marginalize us, much like teachers and other state and city workers around the country. this is not just about parking, its about the complete lack of respect they have for us. When they need us, we are there, ten times out of ten in heat, snow, rain when people are told to stay inside.. we are outside working 12-16hr shifts which is no optional but forced, in the most dangerous conditions imaginable, conditions any normal person would thing we are crazy for working in. But we do it, for our families as well as yours.. next time you think a con ed worker is lazy i want you to ask..not a con ed worker.. but a member of the FDNY and ask him what kind of conditions we work in and see what he has to say. Our company as well as most others is COUNTING on you, the public agreeing with them that we get more then we deserve and don't deserve your or their RESPECT, But i don't believe it ..i believe the public is smarter then Con Edison thinks it is...and for workers everywhere i hope im right
March 25, 2011, 9:36 pm
Sugar Shoes from Brooklyn says:
For those of you who don't know; the President of Con Ed doesnt have to worry about were he parks. HE HAS A DRIVER, YES A DRIVER.. Picks him up at home drops him off where ever, then circles the neighborhood until he's called to come take him home.... Thats a fact....
March 25, 2011, 9:44 pm
John the Cron from Funco land says:
This multi-billion dollar company does not seem to be showing much care or concern for both their employees and for the public. This is a serious change that Con Ed is thinking about  making, and the public will not like it.
That parking lot has served everybody a good purpose for 40 years. Taking it away will cause more traffic in the subways, and make it harder for people to find parking on the streets. The locals will always remember Con Ed as the ones responsible for the cause of these new problems. 
More important than that, the Con Ed workers work long hours on rotating  time scheduals. It is obvious that they must often feel exhausted. Think about what they will feel like if they had to wake up extra early from now on. These are the people who we depend on in order for our lights to go on. It is a dangerous job to work with electricity to begin with, but it will be even more dangerous for them if they work with it while they are over-exhausted. It is very possible and probable that Con Ed will increase the chances of their employees getting hurt, or worse, because of this change that they have in mind. 
Being a major inconvienience to their customers and a serious safety hazard to their employees, I think that Con Edison should reconsider the thought of taking the parking lot away from their employees.
March 25, 2011, 10:34 pm
Spiderman from Your friendly neighborhood says:
We know that Con Edison sees the public as their valued customers and many people like myself are going to have the wrong impression because of the big disservice to the community. All of the traffic, parking trouble, and crowded subways that are bound to take place will make it seem as if Con Edison does not care at all about the lives of all of the people living here.
March 25, 2011, 11:23 pm
trans alt from bike nation says:
With 20% unemployment, there are plenty of qualified folk willing to take public transportation to keep the lights on.

Who needs people that have to travel too many miles to work?
March 26, 2011, 3:21 am
con ed worker from staten island says:
unemployment is 8%..... its not a matter of miles its a matter of accessibility. do you think i choose to pay 13 dollars a day as well as gas to get to work instead of bus fair?...it now takes me 35-40 mins to get to work...by public transportation it would take 2 1/2 hrs... after working 16 hours with 8 hrs between shifts i would have 3 hrs at home does that seem fair to you?...
March 26, 2011, 3:41 am
Union from Con Ed says:
Trans alt, the very rare times Con Ed has had to reach out for help, the Utility Workers from other ares look at waht we do and say " you must be kidding" - so good luck with that idea of yours. By the way, many of us would love to live in Brooklyn and take a bike to work, but we can't afford to.
March 26, 2011, 7:45 am
Bobalou from Long island says:
To trans alt
What kind of idiot are you. Yes there is 20 percent unemployment but before you can start filling our shoes at Coned you have to be trained to do the specific tasks that we do. Its not an overnight process it takes years of training and dedication to get where we are today. How long did it take you to get to where you are? I bet it didn't take overnight
March 26, 2011, 10:39 am
joe from wb says:
keep the lot, charge employees to park...
March 26, 2011, 10:44 am
Dominic from Staten Island says:
Don’t be fooled by Con Edison claiming cost savings would transfer into saving for the rate payer. The savings generated by the lot closing would be distributed to all rate payers amounting to a saving of approximately five cents per year. The people who live in the Park Slope and Gowanus areas I am sure would not mind paying the extra nickel a year for not having the head ache of looking for a legal parking spot in a reasonable walking distance from their homes. What will happen is that people will be driving around and around looking for a space creating an environmental nightmare with a great amount of pollution caused by excessive driving. In fact the cost of gasoline for the Park Slope and Gowanus residents will be far more costly than the measly pennies that Con Edison claims that they will save. This is another angle of corporate greed, to appeal to the public in order to punish the workers.
March 26, 2011, 1:19 pm
Concerned Resident from park slope says:
All new construction in the area have to supply parking for their residents by code. Why would ConEd replace a parking lot with a building and not supply parking? DUH? Are they above code?
March 26, 2011, 1:23 pm
MOTZ from SI not LI drinking beer says:
Last big storm we got up between 2 and 3am just to shovel out our cars to get to work by 630am to help keep the lights on. Remember? public transportation was not running and thankfully we had a place to park. Could you imagine 300 cars trying to find parking in Park Slope in 2ft of snow. Do you remember what 3rd and 4th ave looked like the day it snowed? Most of us got there due to our cars and a parking lot.We were in your homes putting the power back on so you had heat for your babies. I had electric you didn't, and if I couldn't get there with my own vehicle and a place to park you wouldn't of been restored in a reasonable amount of time. We love our jobs and we get off on helping the community and we are just asking for the communities help in continuing to serve you 100%.
March 26, 2011, 1:28 pm
from the neighborhood from park slope says:
Being from Park Slope this is going to be a tragic mess,Con Ed workers will be looking for parking all hours of the night being this is a 24hrs buisness. Also this does really help Con Ed because workers will be late due to parking situation, and let's not forget the situation when there is a snow storm where would people park. I think Con Ed has to take this into consideration and come up with a plan, this does not work for the neighborhood.
March 26, 2011, 2:02 pm
The real LiL Pup from Bath Beach Brooklyn from Bath Beach says:
Good afternoon park slope and the rest of brooklyn. I'm a member of local 1-2 Utility Workers Union of New York and one of the about 300 people who will be parking on your streets if this proposal from con edison goes thru to take our parking lot away. Damn some of u people for the statements u have made. White trash u say we are? Learn how to take public transportation like the rest of the new yorkers? Well none of us live in a trailer park and aren't from idaho or from any other midwest state like some of the residents from park slope. We're the true new yorkers who have 3 or 4 generations of family here. We're the hard working people who keep this city moving. Some of u people don't know what it is like...we don't have 9 to 5 desk jobs. We work the craziest hours 12- 16 hour shifts. Public transportation at that point is out of the question for us. We need our parking lot in order to accomplish the task at hand which is to Keep the Lights On!!! Just think of the possibility of your power being out and we're not there to restore it...how would u be able to go on your mac book and read blogs such as this?
March 26, 2011, 2:26 pm
blacka from the fam says:
there is no such thing as a snow day for con edison
March 26, 2011, 2:35 pm
Tonimarie from bath beach says:
As a mother for a fellow local 1-2 member unlike some of the residents of park slope my son and the rest of the hard working men and women of the union don't have the privilege of hopping on a 10 minute train ride to go to work. They work long hours they should all have the convience of taking their car to and from work and have a parking lot
March 26, 2011, 2:44 pm
mr B from S I says:
amen to motz from S I could not of said it better. during 9/11 con ed crews were working hand and hand with the fdny and nypd helping them any way possible. con ed crew members also built a network that was supposed to take months and got it done in ONE MONTH in the disaster area known as ground zero.almost all the crews from brooklyn underground as well as other depts from third ave yard responded.
parking for these essential service workers as they are repeatedly told by their supervisors should be the LAST thing they should have to worry about. its also amazing that the employees of third ave yard had to here that their parking lot is going to be taken away on channel 11 news and NOT from the company officers. con ed says honesty and integerty is part of their mission statement but I guess that only applies to certain people
March 26, 2011, 2:59 pm
Bruce from Bronx says:
Con Ed rep saying the reason is to reduce the operating costs to the customers. Really? How do you explain to the ratepayers and stock holders like myself, why hundreds of Management honchos get to take their Company cars home every day. Who do you think pays for the gas, maintainence and tolls on these vehicles? You guessed it! Not to mention how top heavy they are with Management personal representing about a third of the workforce! Talk about operating costs? Also the millions of Federal dollars stolen by Management personal How do you explain that one away? They can't but want you to believe they really care about the ratepayer.
March 26, 2011, 3:18 pm
Bruce from Bronx says:
Sorry- I should have said "allegedly" stolen Federal money!. My apologies!!!

By the way, this is typical of today's Rich Corporations who seem to put any of the burden they can on the middle class while reaping in more PROFIT! I understand the money spent for the parking would be a fraction of the bonus' paid to the CEO and VP's at Con Ed.
March 26, 2011, 3:26 pm
NCA from PARK SLOPE RESIDENT says:
I HOPE OUR ELECTED OFICIALS AREN'T ASLEEP OR HAVE THE UTILITY BIG WIGS COVERED THIER EYES, CLOSED THIER EARS AND TAPED THIER MOUTHS? THIS PRPOSAL CANNOT STAND.
ATLANTIC YARDS IS ALREADY CONSUMING PARKING SPACES AND NOW THIS.A RESONABLE FEE FOR SPACE IN THE EXSITING LOT, IF NEEDED,BUT IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FOR CON ED.AND DO
THEY REALLY NEED ANOTHER BUILDING?
March 26, 2011, 3:26 pm
Adam from Park Slope says:
Please understand that there is a public school around the corner from the 3rd Avenue Yard. No teacher will be able to park because Con Ed workers will have snatched them up before the teachers get there (Con Ed shift starts at 7 a.m.)Since this shift ends at 3 p.m. there will be a lot of vehicle traffic around the narrow streets that surround the school precisely at the time that school is letting out. Traffic will be backed up because of the school buses and there is probably a significant safety isuue also. Also, think of how inefficient it would be for the rate paying public if the workers are spending there time looking for parking or taking the time to refill meters. Finally, does anyone truly believe that if the Company saves the cost of leasing the parking lot at issue, that anyone's rates would go down. I don't think so.
March 26, 2011, 3:44 pm
joe from brooklyn says:
To all the people saying con ed workers should learn how to take the mta, this isnt an option for many of us being we work shifts around the clock. When the mta is on their off shifts, we are on our regular shifts. Do you really want an extra 300 cars flooding your streets, when the traffic is bad enough as it is. Are you people also foolish enough to think that you the people are going to be the benefits of ConEd saving money.
March 26, 2011, 4:26 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
Hey cops park on the sidewalk...
March 26, 2011, 4:31 pm
John from Park Slope says:
Does Con ED think that we the public are stupid? Con Ed just got a 4% raise from the PSC & got $$ from the government to put into there system.So how much are they going to save me by not giving there emplyee's parking? What is going to happen when it snow's next time like it did this year,when will my light's get turned back on after those men & woman find parking?? Come on is it all about the MILLIONS & not the public?
March 26, 2011, 5:12 pm
Jack from Brooklyn says:
How Much Money did Con Edison make last year?I'm sure enough to pay for parking for there emplyee's.There stock's are doing well.The VP's are making BIG $$ Dividen's are up!It's not like CON ED is going under.This company has been doing well for over 50 yrs.Why not treat your emplyee's to parking.Iv'e seen Con Ed put up a new building on 4th ave,isn't that were your emplyee's use to park?You have the property,give them a spot!!Don't take mine!!!!
March 26, 2011, 5:23 pm
Jack from Brooklyn says:
Let CON ED SPEND some of there MONEY & build a parking lot for there employee's & NOT fill the street's with there car's!!
March 26, 2011, 5:26 pm
T Ma from Long Island says:
I work for con ed and took the train to BK for my first year in the company. The Long Island RR was and is constantly late,which in turn made me late. I was given disciplinary action and lost a raise because of it. Con ed didn't care that I was a well above average employee and that I was trying to "Go Green" and not take my car.

I was forced to start taking my car, now I'm forced to take that unreliable train again!
March 26, 2011, 5:38 pm
T Ma from Long Island says:
Forget that, I'm taking your parking spot!
March 26, 2011, 5:47 pm
T Ma from Long Island says:
Forget that! I'm taking your spot!
March 26, 2011, 5:50 pm
T Ma from Long Island says:
And your spot too!
March 26, 2011, 5:55 pm
joe from bk says:
When was the last time con ed called us the customers n said we made a lot this year we will be lowering ur bill.never !!!!! They r full of it give them the parking burke !!!!
March 26, 2011, 5:57 pm
Edison guy from Long Island says:
As many of my fellow co-workers have already pointed out, we are a 24/7 operation. When the blizzards hit, & we are all put on emergency shifts, we don't have the luxury of calling our bosses and saying "sorry, can't come in, too much snow"! If we do that, we incurr disciplinary action, and lose what little raises we get. We MUST come in so that we can get to YOUR apartments and houses, & restore YOUR power. This requires driving for most of us, especially those who live in the outer boroughs, LI, NJ, or even PA. We provide a service that cannot be ignored or put on hold, especially in the time of emergency. A parking lot is NOT a luxury, it is a NECESSITY! Try working a 12-16 hour shift in extreme weather and in the filthiest of conditions, traveling home a rather great distance, then coming back to work to do it all over again mere hours later.... and then have to worry about where the hell you're gonna park so you're not late?! Yeah, sounds delightful. But, if you'd rather us take YOUR parking spots, so be it. Just sayin'...
March 26, 2011, 7:16 pm
Bruce from Bronx says:
Maybe we should find out where the CEO lives and park 250 cars on his street! Then again his driveway can probably handle that many cars:)
March 26, 2011, 8:17 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I agree witht union workers on the parking spots. Seriously, try carying all those stuff that is needed to make house calls on subways, buses, or even bicycles, and you will see why that can't be done. A lot of those that complain about them losing the parking spaces they orginally had obviously don't have the jobs that they have. Walk in their shoes before you make such statements about them. As a person who works at a recycling plant, I too have to work even when it's not weather permitting, and I have been outside a lot in both the rain and snow, plus I can't take a day off just because of that either, so I feel these worker's pain.
March 26, 2011, 9:13 pm
Bob from Park Slope says:
Take it from someone who knows. First of all Con ed doesn't care about our neighborhood. It doesn't care about it's customers. It doesn't care about it's workers.It doesn't even care about its management workers. It doesn't care about worker safety. It doesn't care about yourparking or the employees parking. All Con Ed cares about is the stock dividend. Every time they make a move to screw us they say it's to keep the rates down. Let's see if they ask the PSC for a rate increase. I say they will. Why don't any of the politicians find out why their new 3 story building on 1st st & 4th ave cost 50 million dollars and took six years to build. Total incompetency. Where did that money go PSC ? How come the politicians are'nt asking those questions? What happened to brilliant people that ran that fiasco. I'll tell you what happened. They got promoted. They'd be able to pay for parking for the next 20 years with the money they blew on this building. Where's Marty Markowitz. How come he doesn't look into this? Where's Schummer Who'sin Con Eds Pocket. PS : No air conditioning in the locker room.The people across the street can look into the building and see the men undressing. They built a handicap shower but forgot to put the drain in it. You tell me. The Firemen, Police and sanitation men have parking. Con Ed people are also emergency workers and should get the respect they deserve from the people they serve.50 million and six years on a rinky dink 3 story building. 50 million. 50 million. Don't forget to pay your bill.
March 26, 2011, 10:13 pm
NickG from Long Island says:
Bob from park slope you don't know anything.
March 26, 2011, 11:12 pm
Mick from Windsor Terrace says:
If the parking goes, it will make the area that much more unpleasant and crowded. True, workers aren't owed a spot, but like some have said, it's a win-win for everyone. The owner of the lot is paying taxes to the City so nobody's getting "over". Union mouthpiece ain't the sharpest tool in the shed obviously, but nothing wrong w trying to build public support.
March 27, 2011, 12:21 am
Mick from Windsor Terrace says:
If the parking goes, it will make the area that much more unpleasant and crowded. True, workers aren't owed a spot, but like some have said, it's a win-win for everyone. The owner of the lot is paying taxes to the City soÿ
March 27, 2011, 12:47 am
Bruce from Bronx says:
Notice - the silence from Con Ed is deafening! Typical of the Rich Corporate minds who think we will go away! Mr. CEO and Mr. President how's the parking in your area today??? Or how's it going to be tomorrow?? I bet it's better then the hard working people in Park Slope....
March 27, 2011, 10:12 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have a big question to those who think that unions are being greedy for wanting to keep their parking spaces. Do any of you have a job similar to theirs'? If you did, you would understand why they are fighting for this. Although, my job doesn't recquire me to work all days of the week and not for over half a day, I still have to be there despite the weather. While most of you got to stay home in that blizzard, I still had to be there outside in the cold let alone drive there. I doubt anyone here had to spend seven hours in out in the snow or rain like I do. Also, it can get very hectic when customers come at just about every minute of the day giving me almost no room for air. Most of you probably have better jobs than I or those at Con Ed do, or probably don't work at all. I share no sympathy for the opposition to this. I wouldn't be surprised that the anti-car zealouts such as Streetsblog and TA will be saying that the unions are being greedy as well.
March 27, 2011, 1:26 pm
John C from Long Island says:
Really! Parking is already a nightmare there. I can't imagine losing that parking lot. What are they thinking??? ConEd, BAD IDEA!!! Total disregard for the people who live in the neighborhood and for their employees.
March 27, 2011, 4:51 pm
SDM from Brooklyn says:
I don't believe that by closing these parking lots Con Edison has the interests of our community in mind. They say that some of the savings will be passed on to the consumer but let's face it when did ConEd ever give us a break on our bill. Also by having about 400 extra vehicles cruising the neighborhood looking for parking 24/7 will add to the already congested streets in which we live.
March 27, 2011, 6:38 pm
Really from Bk says:
Keep the lots.It won't effect anyone's lives.It wil be nice to know these guys are on it and around if any problems arise.
March 27, 2011, 7:36 pm
Lithium from Queens says:
Really people how petty are we? Keep the lots for these hard workers. This city was built from hard union workers remember that!
March 27, 2011, 7:42 pm
Anthony from Staten Island says:
My concerns are for the customers. Con Ed talks about reliability, what's going to happen to it now when they take away our parking and we have to rely on public transportation. Where is the reliability during emergencies when we are looking for parking or taking mass transit that is not always available. I think they are forgetting that we are a 24/7 operation and not a 9 to 5 job that has mass transit available or that don't have to report to work during an emergency.
March 27, 2011, 8:51 pm
Carmela from Brooklyn says:
People get real, do you know what it would be like trying to find parking, when it is bad enough already. I have a family member that works for Con Edison and that person works hard for us, through snow, rain, extreme hot summer days. 12 hour shifts, these Con Ed workers need these parking lot. The people of Park Slope need theirs spots too on the street. So you big shots that want to do away with the lot, shame on you for doing this to your hard working employees. How do you sleep at night? It's all about greed.
March 28, 2011, 2:43 am
dennis from brklyn says:
con ed says that they will pass the savings on to the customer. believe that & i have a brideg for sale. any savings will be given as bonuses to upper management.
March 28, 2011, 7:37 am
Billy from Park slope says:
What's up u tree hugging hipster? Look how fast u would complain if bloomy took ur precious bike lanes away, when ur lights go out don't cry because we can't get to work cause ur precious public transportation is not working? I guess I'll be hearing you cry you hipsters, go save another tree u retard.
March 28, 2011, 8 am
Billy from Park slope says:
What's up u tree hugging hipster? Look how fast u would complain if bloomy took ur precious bike lanes away, when ur lights go out don't cry because we can't get to work cause ur precious public transportation is not working? I guess I'll be hearing you cry you hipsters, go save another tree u retard.
March 28, 2011, 8 am
Billy from Park slope says:
Not to mention our contract is up next year so have fun when your lights go out and you have a college intern looking in a manhole scratching his head trying to figure out how to restore power to your home..
March 28, 2011, 8:13 am
S from College Point says:
To be honest this whole situation is silly. Let's just say they spend $250,000 on the lot a year, how much is that going to save the millions of customers a month?

Working for Con Ed at times we work long shifts especially during emergencies. If we are forced to work until the A.M. hours when trains stop, how am I going to get home to my sick wife and 4 kids. Then the company talks about safety..... imagine there is an emergency and a Con Ed worker busts his ass for 16 hours, then needs to wait a few hours for a train to bring him home and then gets up extra early to catch another train to get back into work for that emergency. How safe is that to have an overworked, underested person working on live electricity.

I appreciate everyone in the community who is supporting us.
March 28, 2011, 8:57 am
JUAN CARLOS from 30 FLATBUSH says:
YOU SHOULD HAVE VOTED ON THE LAST UNION ELECTION!!!!
OUT OF MORE THAN 9000 EMPLOYEES ONLY 3357 CARE TO VOTE
THAT'S IS JUST A REFLECTION OF THE UNION's VERY POORLEADERSHIP.....THIS IS JUST THE BEGGINING
March 28, 2011, 9:03 am
fed-up from brooklyn says:
At one time a long time ago the company would take care of it's workers, they used to take the pie and leave the crumbs, but now they are even taking the crumbs. I am from that area beleive me it is not easy to find a legal parking spot. This is going to bring a lot of stress on our people. Union leadership needs to speak up about this. This no joke.
March 28, 2011, 11:56 am
tc from Proud from l.i. says:
lirr is ok in a pinch but can't be relied on... just like coned mgmt. neighbors in park slope need to understand this will affect them in the long run.time to unite for 1 CAUSE.
March 28, 2011, 1:49 pm
TD from L.I. says:
Park slope people...In unity there is justice. To fight for a just cause is the reason to prevail....WE MUST UNITE TO BE VICTORIOUS.......
March 28, 2011, 2:20 pm
FeedUp from ConEd's says:
Here is my prediction. The company will back down from this one because it will affect the neighborhood in such a bad way.
The union will then claim that they were the ones who fought for the parking lot to stay open.
Local 1-2 is a joke with a bunch of out of touch old men who are taking naps while the company is eating the members alive.
March 28, 2011, 3:06 pm
real member says:
to all of the fools bashing local 1-2 your all morons. I am not a business agent just a union member and I was out there from 7 am sunday until 1pm sunday freezing my assets off with local 1-2 and the union bus handing out 2,500 flyers. next time you want to talk about our union show up on your own time on a sunday or shut up!!!!!!!!
March 28, 2011, 4:54 pm
Bruce from Bronx says:
To real member! That's what real Union advocates do. Instead of complaining- you got involved. Good job. Solidarity Always!
On another note, Burke/Ivey how's the parking situation on your street today?
March 28, 2011, 5:10 pm
real member says:
bruce, thanks. the men who complain are the men who get in trouble the most, mess up the most and show up the least
March 28, 2011, 7:37 pm
T Ma from Long Island says:
Gentlemen of 1-2. Not the time nor place.
Let's remain on topic.
What time and where is this community meeting on April 13th?
March 28, 2011, 8:15 pm
trans alt from bike nation says:
4th Avenue is going to be transformed into a pedestrian mall, so Con Ed workers are going to have to figure out how to not bring their SUV's into our neighborhood anyway. Management is just moving up the timetable.
March 28, 2011, 8:27 pm
real member says:
hey trans alt, I am having a wing polishing party soon and your invited! thats right I just grew golden wings while reading your insane post. Dont worry about getting to my house because i just bought a bridge that suspends itself 30ft in the air as well. Lay off the narcotics dude, they kill lots of brain cells
March 28, 2011, 8:43 pm
real member says:
PS: the bridge runs by flux capacitor, and is only powered by 1.21 gigawatts. thats right 1.21 GIGAWATTS!!!!!
March 28, 2011, 8:44 pm
Tony Provolone from Park THIS says:
Ask Harry Farrell to pay this out of the union dues we pay every week and make a deal with a local garage. Instead of going out for a nice steak dinner probally 3x's week and breakfast 5x's week, maybe he could afford to do so. They raise our due's all the time for them to spend on a nice vacation to Vegas for some convention.
March 28, 2011, 10:34 pm
Juan Carlos from 30 Flatbush ave. says:
How many people from 3rd ave. voted on the last union election...that's what I really want to know
Unfortunate we have to use venues as this one to make a point because other wise we don't ever get a chance Great Leadership we have......
So now you get involve because they are trying to take your parking spot...when was the last time you went to a Union meeting???? oh hold on..... the trains don't run that late!!!!! sorry for asking.....
March 29, 2011, 7:11 am
TD from 3 AV says:
TP &JC --- sounds like sour grapes if u didn't realize it the topic today is PARKING IN PARK SLOPE...It doesn't exist.....
March 29, 2011, 8:39 am
Juan Carlos from 30 Flatbush ave. says:
The topic today it's Parking.....
tomorrow because of lack of Unity (leadership) could be something even worst my friend...
I hope I am wrong!!
but so far it doesn't look good Sir...
March 29, 2011, 9:30 am
12 ft dong from My pants says:
Everyones needs to understand something crying handing out flyers meeting all of this does nothing coned it a business kiss the lot byeeee see you on the train.
March 29, 2011, 9:35 am
FeedUp from Planet Earth says:
Hey Real Member...Did the union put out a call to the members to help with whatever you were doing on Sunday? Or did they only ask their friends and people kissing their a@* to help? If your union wanted people involved they would make it happen. Like Juan Carlos said this is the ONLY venue members have to debate or discuss ANYTHING because they prefer the members to be SILENT.
March 29, 2011, 9:38 am
TD from 3AV says:
WE were asked to come out Sunday morning to help inform our neighbors of Park SLOPE WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT IF THIS HAPPENS MAY 1...
March 29, 2011, 9:57 am
FeedUp from Planet Earth says:
TD...You have over 9,000 union members and how many showed up? Lack of leadership will steer you down the same road as Wisconsin.
Good luck on the picket line when you get nothing but stress and the loss of a few pay checks as a thank you.
March 29, 2011, 10:20 am
Frank from Hempstead LI says:
I bust my hump for your ungrateful grapes. I should park my car in your freakin' bathtub! Giant Turbines, steam heat, forced air, early responder, emergency!
March 29, 2011, 11:07 am
DC from Park Slope says:
Why doesn't the city buy or lease the lot and charge a reasonable price to park for the con ed employees and local residents ?. I know it's a pipe dream but you never know.
March 29, 2011, 4:16 pm
f says:
we work all kinds of crazy shifts, to keep the public with lights. we just got over a very bad winter where at times mass transit was not running now if i have to come to work when called in at night and have no where to park. the public will be without lights for a very long time because i have no where to park my car.
March 29, 2011, 4:41 pm
bb from brooklyn says:
Hey Juan Carlos,Union or no Union ,I'd still be working and still need a place to park my car. Supervisors still need to park there also. We don't have a parking lot across from us like you do at 30 flatbush and where the company pays for part of some of your guys parking if not all. You dumb jerk stay off here.
March 29, 2011, 6 pm
Bruce from Bronx says:
Brothers and Sisters lets keep our eye on the ball here. Plain and Simple! It's us vs them as always. Still wondering how the parking is for Burke and Ivey where they live? Also no answer as to why hundreds, if not more, of management workers(??)take their company vehicles home at the cost of the ratepayers and stockholders? Gas, tolls- ezpass, etc...
March 29, 2011, 6:31 pm
Matt from Queens says:
For the amount of money Con Ed brings in every year, it is sad to see them not spend money on a parking lot for their employees. The same Union Employees they FORCE to Work all summer long not being able to go home and see our families, working 14 days in a row 12-16 hours a day while you people enjoy your AC units that we bust our humps dripping in sweat to keep running for you. The Same Union Employees that wake up 3 hours before work in a blizzard to shovel our cars out to make it to work cause we are not allowed to call in sick or have a snow day. To get your heat and lights back on. We are the ones out there helping you people, making an honest living paying the same rates as you are. We are not Con Ed we are Local 1-2 Utility Workers we don't get bonuses at the end of the year like high management, maybe that is something that can be taken away to help lower the cost to the consumers not a parking lot.
March 29, 2011, 8:04 pm
Juan Carlos from 30 Flatbush ave. says:
Did I hit a nerve bb…you all know who I am. I am not trying to hide my identity for the purpose of calling someone a jerk or worse… I was just calling it how I see it. After all “We do live in the USA”, like or not we have a very weak leadership (UNION).
What do you really think our union did not know about this matter…. just ask the guys from Neptune yard those parking’s are gone also.
By the way I do work crazy hour on emergencies and yes you’re right we have parking lots around here which charge lots of money, that’s what I create an account with Ceridian where I can get my money back for my expenses before taxes (Parking or Transit), it is taking out of my check on a weekly basis before taxes maybe this information will help you Sir.
I am also a mechanic on the United States Air Force Reserves I know what it feels to be extremely cold or extremely hot while wearing all those PPE, or maybe just traveling on the desert in a 140 degree weather inside those highly comfortable High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) hopping not to get by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)….I am not complaining I love serving in the military I specially enjoy when people comes over and thank me for my service…..You still think I am a jerk SIR????
March 30, 2011, 7:30 am
Bruce from Bronx says:
You really gotta laugh when Con Ed says "Looking to save on operating costs." They laugh all the way to the bank. Bonus in the Millions for the CEO and VPs and screw the home owners and business owners in No-Park Slope! Typical Corporate lies. Burke/Ivey how's the parking on your block today??? Oh wait- you're probably driven back and forth to work! Times are tough, especially when your trying to cut costs.....
March 30, 2011, 11:38 am
Thomas from Con edison says:
I am a Con Edison employee. I just recently purchased a vehicle for the soul purpose of getting to work. I live in Brooklyn, and I would have to take a bus and two trains, totaling an hour or more to get to work IN BROOKLYN. That is crazy for anyone to do. On night shifts, double shifts and weekends, my commute would be almost 2 hours long each way. INSANE!! So please, just be a little more understanding about the situation.
March 30, 2011, 11:46 am
JIM CUSACK from KERHONKSON says:
ALL OF YOU NEED SOME KIND OF HELP...Please come visit me up in the villa. Im sure I'll see most of you up there soon!!!We have all the parking you need...
March 30, 2011, 5:36 pm
DFP from Midwood says:
I'm a coned employee working out of the 3rd avenue yard. Kevin Burke,Chairman and Craig Ivey,President as well as other executives,and upper management get free parking and company vehicles they take home. Craig Ivey is a carpetbagger brought in from the south,from another utility that is infamous for union busting,this is New York,a union town. Readers should e-mail Burke,burkek@coned.com and Ivey,iveyc @coned.com to voice their opinion and displeasure. Also members of the Board of Trustees should also be contacted. They should be willing to take a lower honorium for the honor of serving the public thereby saving the company money.SHAME ON YOU CON ED.
March 30, 2011, 7:07 pm
MR B from S I says:
get ready park slope. the great con ed refuses to provide parking for it employees. starting may 1. expect to see hundereds of con ed employees scrambling to find parking throughout the neighborhood. way to go con ed
March 30, 2011, 8:21 pm
trans alt from bike nation says:
One way or the other, the loss of free parking will eventually reduce the amount of cars in Park Slope. Some workers will learn the joys of the MTA, and partially from residents that can no longer fine parking. The end result is still positive.
March 30, 2011, 8:27 pm
John Begley from Yonkers says:
I agree with Jim Cusack Con Edison movers and shakers must have been high when they decided to take away employee parking from my brothers and sisters in Brooklyn. I can see no other excuse. Please fellas get some help your disfunctional decisions are creating unliveable conditions for your employees and the public. To all those FOX fans out there Union is not a four letter word so stop treating it as one. Without Local 1-2 when you called for a service or billing complaint you would be talking to New Delhi not New York on the other end of the line.
March 31, 2011, 6 pm
Bike Riding Outlanders from Osh-Kosh-By-Gosh says:
I ride my bike everywhere. I am so cool that is why I am so smug. My girlfriend doesn't even like men but that's ok because I do. I don't know why those Con Ed guys don't move closer to work? Here is how I afford to live in the city. I just live off the interest of all that Con Ed stock my Grand Ma left me. I also applied for a grant for the arts and exhibit total garbage at BAM. Thanks Con Ed for supporting useless numb ass idiots like myself and making it possible to meet real men while they ride their bikes to work at Con Ed's Brooklyn facility.
March 31, 2011, 6:55 pm
BoysOnBikes from ParkSlope says:
Sounds yummy all those real men on bikes in our neighborhood. I'll be waiting with bells on.
March 31, 2011, 7:52 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This almost reminds me of Spiderman whenever he helps people. He can help so many when they are in need, but when he needs it, he has to be on their own. Basically it relates to how the Con Ed workers feel. Overall, it's very unfortunate that all public sector workers get grilled for asking for something be it pay raises for working so hard or even in this case for keeping their parking spots. They helped you guys when you needed, now help them back. Most of the people who complain about unions either have such a good position that they don't have to feel hindered by anything or don't have a job themselves. I highly doubt those that complain about these workers even want to work there. Then again, it's ironic to those who protest about ilegal immigrants taking the jobs that nobody else wants, but don't want the jobs themselves. To answer trans alt, who is definately anti-car, their shifts hardly go with the schedules, so they are better off driving, and this is one of those jobs where driving is needed. One other thing, I doubt that any of those Con Ed workers can just bring all their stuff when making house calls on foot, bicycle, buses, or even subways, especially when carrying all of that is really heavy.
April 1, 2011, 12:19 am
Joe from NY says:
You should suppott Con Ed workers, they work hard because people of wellfare depend on them... Most of you here that are calling them names dont have a job, never put on a steel toe shoe, never seen 27000V conduit, never worked 16 hour shift in 90 F fully dressed... They dont need parking. Most of you dont need electricity and heat either, i guess. I know that they will come to work regardless. But just remember, your rates will go up and they will never come down... The presiden is just mind F***ing you, so he can cut that expence and get half of that as his bonus on next quater. O wiat, i think union is getting new contract next year, im sure they will ask for more money because now they have to pay for their parking. Guess what, my rate will go up...

Anyway, wish all of those Con Ed guys safe day at work and hope that you guys keep that parking... Dont think for a minute that people like me dont appriciate what you do...
April 23, 2011, 2:04 pm
Mike Curatore from Carroll Gardens says:
Con Ed needs to start hiring locally and placing their workers to assignments closer to home. Simple. Start now and in a matter of years we won't have to depend on workers making the long haul from New Jersey or Long Island. Shouldn't the goal be to have workers closer to home and fewer cars driving to the neighborhood?

Also, why doesn't Con Ed charge employees to park at their leased lots? They should charge the employees double what it costs them, and use the extra money to subsidize the ones who take public transit. They should provide the option to park, and the incentive not to drive.
May 1, 2011, 1:19 pm
ty from pps says:
Since a ConEd worker admitted above they are mostly *very* well-paid for their jobs... this sounds like a GREAT opportunity for an entrepreneur!

A private citizen takes over the lease and CHARGES the ConEd employees to park. ConEd keeps its savings. ConEd workers get a parking spot.

Problem solved.
May 1, 2011, 2:08 pm
Joe from 4th Ave says:
Someone should provide these workers with a subway map and point out the local stops near their works site.
May 1, 2011, 3:43 pm
Daniel from Suffolk says:
What I find amusing is that you all want to jump on the union workers because you think the cost from a leased parking lot is going to lower your electric bill. Idiots. Take a second to think about how the privatized company who has a responsibility only to their stock holders is going to use any of the money they save in this deal. It's definitely not going to benefit any of you at all. The company rips you off on a daily basis due to poor management and cost-inefficient practices, your ridiculously high bill has nothing to do with their workers having parking.
July 1, 2011, 5:57 pm
Paul from Long Island says:
Its funny how i read some of these post and its pretty much saying " Screw u Con Ed guys" find your own parking or take the subway like everyone else. Everyone else do not work like we do, or the hours we do or the amount of hours we do. What people seem not to understand is when mass transit isnt running which most of the time is in the worst weather and what comes with bad weather??? power outages, guess what if i have no where to park and i have to rely on mass transit how the hell am i getting to work to restore your power??? i dont live in brooklyn, ill have power. I can guarantee you that the people saying these things will be THE FIRST, to —— when it take Longer now to restore power in Brooklyn, B/c I, and I mean I b/c I am a proud local 1 - 2 Con Edison employee, working in brooknly will now be delayed in getting to work to get YOUR POWER back on. all b./c of the greedy company. i ve passed that lot the past month and thier are about 20 cars in it, in a lot that can find hundreds.
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:51 am

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