Paul Kerzner, Clip 5: Con Ed's Renaissance Housing Program
Collection: Queens Memory Project Collection at Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives: Paul Kerzner
Description: In 1978 Paul was working in the law department for Con Ed and was also very active in his community. Con Ed was aware of Paulâ€™s community service and called on him to help put out fires with other community groups. In the spring of 1978, Paul and a co-worker met with Harlem businessmen to discuss the rehabilitation of a vacant block of brownstone buildings. Paul explains that this was beyond the scope of Con Ed's responsibilities. After the meeting, Paul told his colleague they needed a better answer and discussed the problem of vacant housing in Con Edâ€™s service territory. Based on his knowledge and experience gained from starting the Restoration Corporation of Ridgewood, he made a proposal to the Chairman, Charles Luce, and pointed out that Brooklyn Union Gas had a Cinderella program that renovated old buildings. Paul was directed to start a program that gave technical assistance to non-profit housing groups. This became Con Edâ€™s Renaissance Housing Program. Paul explains how the rehabilitation process works.
Urban renewal; Consolidated Edison Company of New York, inc.
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