As Power Outage Lingers, Legislators Fight for Residents


PARSIPPANY, NJ - State legislators are fighting for residents to get their power back on.  According to State Senator Joe Pennacchio who said, "I have been in contact with JCPL. They have committed a great deal of resources especially to Morris County which was hit the hardest. Their priority which was expressed to myself and the Governor has been to clear roads of dangerous wires, restore power to the customers who have been out of power for a week and devote resources to getting all their customers back on line. There will be plenty of time for finger pointing however let’s devote our energies now to getting the power back on."

Assemblyman Jay Webber is also demanding assistance for residents.  "“My staff and I were in contact with local officials and the Governor’s office even before the storm began, and we are communicating and meeting with utility officials to handle and urgently restore power in neighborhoods and homes.  We also are constantly available and responsive to individual constituents who are reaching out to us about resolving particular problems and emergency situations, such as senior citizen homes without heat.  We will remain on call and are committed to seeing power restored as soon as possible.”

State Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce put out a press release yesterday quoting her as saying this: “There is great concern from municipal officials with roadways shutdown and continued power outages across Morris, Essex, and Passaic counties since Friday,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). The administration needs to provide greater resources to the municipalities in helping get residents out of their homes and into warming centers. 

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Currently JCP&L, with over 2, 000 workers, cannot access all the neighborhoods they need to get into,” DeCroce continued “The governor needs to strongly consider sending out members from the National Guard to help assist the communities. We need to address the current needs in the event another storm hits us possibly on Monday.”

As of Friday morning, JCP&L states, "Crews worked throughout the day yesterday and overnight on restoring additional customers who have been out since Riley. They've also been addressing road closures and hazards from Quinn. This work will continue 24/7 until all customers are restored. More crews are arriving today to join the 4400+ workers already working on service restoration. We know estimated times of restoration are very important for our customers to make contingency plans. All customers still without service from Winter Storm Riley will be restored by late Saturday, March 10". 

For those in Morristown and Morris Township, the outage map is giving some areas an estimated restoration time/date. Check here for the map

One Morris Township resident wrote, "Please help! I live on Wyndmoor Dr in Morristown. We’ve been out since the first storm. We got power back for a few hours on Wednesday but lost it again. Now our ETA on restoration is Mar 14. That will be almost 2 full weeks without power. Our street is struggling and we are now back on the end of the list!!!

JCP&L has established an estimated time of restoration of 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, for customers in Morris County and North Jersey who remain out of service from the first storm.  

JCP&L has stated, "We expect those impacted by the second storm to be restored as follows:  Central New Jersey: 11:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11  and Northern New Jersey: 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14."

"We know estimated times of restoration are very important. We continue to work on local estimates and will update our outage maps as those estimates are established," said JCP&L officials in a statement."We also are bringing in more than 400 additional workers to assist with the effort, bringing our total storm workforce to more than 5,000".

Legislators from both sides of the aisle are calling on Governor Murphy to implore additional resources.  

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