MADISON, NJ - One year ago today, Superstorm Sandy blew through more than a dozen states battering New York and New Jersey coasts as one of the most deadly, destructive hurricanes of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
At Monday night's council meeting, Mayor Robert Conley shared some reflections with respect to the impact the storm had on Madison.
“Little did we know what we were in for in those 36 hours and the weeks afterwards,” the mayor said. "It was one of the best of weeks and the worst of weeks for Madison a year ago, for most of the state and area,” he said.
He shared memories of neighbors helping neighbors, friends sharing power by running extension cords across roadways just to lend a caring hand, the police and fire departments working to keep the community safe, the Ambulance Corp responding quickly and providing oxygen to people in need, the Health Department running the shelter, the value of Madison Electric, JCP&L and the DPW, all the volunteers and the very special bond and friendship established with Union Beach. His list went on.
He singled out Councilman Robert Landrigan and recognized his planning efforts during the "two-week intense recovery time" and applying for funds from FEMA so Madison could be reimbursed for expenses incurred. The mayor thanked everyone he could think of that contributed in Madison’s recovery.
“It was a rough time a year ago but a proud time,” the mayor said.