Lawmakers and Con Ed Clash Over Safety Practices

State legislators lashed out at Con Edison during a hearing in Manhattan yesterday, accusing the utility of increasing its spending on new equipment while decreasing its spending on maintenance. Legislators also complained that within the past year the utility changed the interval between manhole inspections from one year to three, did not use proper equipment or procedures for inspections and ignored warnings from a union and the Department of Transportation about hazards in New York City's wiring.

By IAN URBINA

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