Report by City Scolds Con Ed For Slow Fixes

How long does it take to fix a light in New York City? Two and a half years, according to a blistering new city assessment of Con Edison's maintenance of New York streetlights and traffic signals. Not only does the utility face a backlog of 5,700 broken lights and signals -- a 60 percent increase over last year -- but its use of temporary external wiring to fix serious electrical problems is creating increasing safety risks, the report said.

By IAN URBINA

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