“Our electrical infrastructure is already vulnerable to disruptions, as we saw with last month’s heatwave related outages impacting large parts of Brooklyn and Queens,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “The release of Mylar balloons exacerbates the strain on these systems. Consumers must be made aware of these risks, and retailers must make provisions to offset this risk as well.”

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“Queens Councilman I. Daneek Miller, the proposal’s chief sponsor, cited Consolidated Edison company claims that the inflatables were at fault for recent losses of electrical service not only in his southeastern Queens district but in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

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