$100? You kiddin' us? Queens victims tell Con Ed
BY BRENDAN BROSH and ADAM LISBERG
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Con Edison is offering Queens residents affected by the 2006 blackout $17 million compensation - about $100 each - which many said Thursday isn't nearly enough.
"We lost, I can say, around $50,000," said Charlie Kourakos, owner of the Mezzo Mezzo restaurant on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, which lost power for 10 days. "It's ridiculous for them to even offer us a hundred bucks."
As the Daily News reported exclusively yesterday, the utility has told regulators it will pay the $17 million, swallow $40 million in repair costs and finally apologize for its actions.
"What's $100 going to do for me? My bill is like $2,000 a month," said Charlie Cinquemani, owner of the K&T Meat Market, which lost $30,000 worth of meat. "It's not going to help me pay my bills."
Con Ed raised its power rates 4.7% this month and plans to ask for another rate hike within the next few weeks.
"The settlement does not provide nearly enough for the people that suffered during the blackout," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), who represents the area. "It's mere pennies next to the pain and suffering that people endured."
Waitress Vickie Papas, who couldn't work during the blackout, said she'll take the money.
"It's $100," Papas said. "I can't complain about that."