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Councilmember pushes for worker ID system to fight deception burglary

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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — The 81-year-old Russian speaking Coney Island woman is afraid to open it to anyone, even her neighbor, after a woman pretending to be a Con Ed worker held her at knife point, beat her up and robbed her.

That fake Con Ed worker woman has been arrested and charged with robbery, but still there is fear in this building and beyond.

"She is just the nicest, sweetest lady," Sheila Boyd, the president of the Tenants Association told PIX11. "And now she's afraid to open her door. It is terrible what happened to her."

Brooklyn city councilmember Mark Treyger is working on legislation that would require unique pin codes for all Con Ed and National Grid users that employees would have to provide before gaining access to customer's homes.

"It would work similar to a bank pin number," Treyger said. "It would be an individual PIN number for the customer to know that a Con Ed worker is coming to their home."

A Con Ed spokesman said they are waiting to see the final version of the legislation before commenting.

But Con Ed reminds customers that all utility employees carry identification card with their name and photo.

But the city council member says that's not enough.

"It is not sufficient," Treyger said. "How does a person know if the photo ID is a fake or not. And the person has to open the door to get the ID and that's when a person could push in and rob them."

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