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Power Outage Gives Some Staten Islanders The Cold Shoulder

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As if the below freezing temperatures outside weren't enough to deal with, some Staten Islanders dealt with cold conditions inside Tuesday thanks to a Con Ed power outage that affected more than a thousand customers. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

There's never a good day for a power outage but this one was especially bad. As Con Ed crews worked to restore an outage affecting nearly a thousand customers on Staten Island residents feared the day ahead.

"It's just been getting progressively colder as the day goes on, it's really freezing in here now," said Arlene Savarese, a New Springville resident.

Fifty-seven degrees is what Savarese's thermostat read. She bundled up and made some tea to warm up.

Next door, Sharon Wang put on layers and played games with her young son as temperatures inside her home dipped into the 50's.

"No power you gotta have gas, no gas nothing, I cannot cook, I cannot give baby breakfast nothing, the milk, everything is cold," Wang said.

Harriet and Sam Berman say they had no choice but to stick it out inside their apartment. Their thermostat read just 48 degrees. They coped the best way they know how.

"Would you believe that he's been dancing?" said Harriet Berman.

"Yelling, screaming, dancing, hollering, and that's my way out," said Sam Berman.

Many say they don't know how long they can last in their freezing homes so some are making plans to get out.

"If they don't get the power on I have a friend who said we can sleep there tonight they have power,' Savarese said.

A spokesperson for Con Ed blamed the New Springville outage on corroded underground power lines caused by salt used to treat area roadways. It's an inconvenience to say the least, during what has been a harsh winter season

"I just don't know what's going on we have no control and there's no return to sender so you just deal with it and hope tomorrow is a warmer day," said one New Springville resident.

Con Ed says power was restored to most if not all customers by Tuesday afternoon.

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