NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Families who lost loved ones in other gas disasters are hoping last week’s deadly East Harlem explosion is a wake-up call for Con Edison.
Accompanied by their lawyers, relatives of victims killed in past utility-related accidents held a news conference Wednesday in the Flatiron District calling for Con Ed and the city government to replace decaying infrastructure to prevent future deaths.
“They know that they deliver a dangerous product,” attorney Derek Sells told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman. “They don’t want to spend the money to change the infrastructure. They’d rather deal with it in court after people have been killed, and when they say, ‘Oh, wow, whew, it’s only eight people this time.”