More than 10 million people in the greater New York metropolitan region rely on Con Edison (ConEd) to keep the lights blazing, the gas burning in their furnaces, and the steam running through their pipes. But who empowers the employees of ConEd when it comes to ensuring that this sprawling service and delivery infrastructure is operating properly?
The enactment of laws, even the approval of committee rules, rarely proceeds without some level of discussion if not outright contention. Opinions get expressed, arms get twisted, voices get raised. It’s not unusual for parties privy to the discussion to introduce alternative wordings or entire legislative amendments to a matter that will eventually be put to a vote.