NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Tuesday night, the New Providence Business and Professional Association held their quarterly meeting where special guest Assemblyman John Bramnick provided an update on Sandy Recovery efforts and explained what services are available from the state.
The event was held at Home Again Design and about 30 business owners from the community attended. Each individual was affected by the superstorm and listened intently to Bramnick. The assemblyman, who is usually the life of the party and a comical person, was not in a laughing mood.
“I thought it was a very dangerous time and a fragile time in this state,” he said.
After witnessing Hurricane Irene last year and knowing well in advance what Sandy was bringing, JCP&L should have done a much better job, he said. He along with other elected officials met with Governor Chris Christie Tuesday to discuss what took place over the past two weeks.
In a natural disaster type situation like what took place, delegating is not an option, action is needed, Bramnick said. Christie told them he was constantly fed bad news during the relief efforts about power lines, bad water, power outages and flooding, yet he was there for people, the assemblyman said.
“He had to make decisions and he was there,” Bramnick said. “If you thought he did a good job during this period of time it’s probably because he was there.”
However, Bramnick disagreed with the governor’s position on the utility companies. Christie said PSE&G and JCPN&L worked hard and did OK, while Bramnick felt a lot of the blame lies with the utilities. They needed to tell people how long power would be out , he said.
Newly elected councilman and Chief Operating Officer of Creative Wallcovcerings and Interiors Gary Kapner is befuddled as to why there have been three storms in the past two years and the same problems still exist. He stressed that things need to change.
“It looks like they patch it with duct tape and bubble gum it up until it falls apart,” he said.