Utility workers were among the essential workers who were honored in New York on Thursday for helping the city through the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A handful of workers stood in front of City Hall as Mayor Eric Adams and other officials unveiled a plaque in their honor.
The plaque, which reads “July 7, 2021, New York City’s essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” honors New Yorkers who showed up for work in person, even as the coronavirus spreads. spread virtually unchecked in the city.
“Our utility workers, our emergency personnel, our grocery store and pharmacy workers, our health workers and police and firefighters, the men and women who kept our subways and buses running, we will never take you for granted,” said Jessica Lappin, president. of the Downtown Alliance.
“You deliver our mail and our babies in the face of fear and courage. That’s why we celebrated you with this parade on this beautiful day in July, as we have celebrated others for a hundred years here in Lower Manhattan. This is the neighborhood where our city, where our country began, and we will continue to survive, thrive and grow thanks to all of you.
Con Edison, which supplies New York and Westchester, NY, was specifically mentioned at the ceremony, as the plaque became one of more than 200 markers on the sidewalk of Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
“I just want to say it’s a privilege and an honor to represent Con Edison’s essential unsung heroes who have kept the electricity, the fans and the lights on throughout the pandemic,” said the nurse practitioner. Maureen Kreider, who represented Con Edison. .
Across the country, up to 75,000 linemen had to adhere to new social distancing and sanitation protocols in 2020 while weathering the “invisible storm” of the pandemic.
Instead of working closely together in large teams, they had to work alone or in pairs. Travel plans have been put on hold and many in-person training and education events have been postponed to 2021.
On July 10, 2020, the Edison Electric Institute, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and the Utility Workers Union of America joined forces to celebrate the men and women of the line trade amid the ongoing pandemic.
“The nation’s linemen are the face of America’s electric utilities, and we are grateful to these highly skilled and dedicated men and women, and the families who support them, for the work they do every day to power our lives,” EEI said. President Tom Kuhn at the time. “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how indispensable electricity and the energy network are in our society. Thanks to our nation’s linemen, we are getting through this crisis together. »