Power Outages Appear to be Restored
Many home on and near Black Oak Ridge Road seem to have power.
Many homes on and near Black Oak Ridge Road appear to have power as of early Monday morning.
That area of town dealt with not having power for nearly two weeks thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Residents in the area were outraged at their service provider, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L).
According to a map on JCP&L's website, all power to Wayne customers has been restored.
JCP&L provides power to approximately 10 to 15 percent of the township. Wayne and other North Jersey residents criticized the utility company for being too understaffed and too small to handle such widespread outages after Sandy hit.
Local and county officials were outraged at the company's lack of response time.
Passaic County Freeholder Director Pat Lepore sent Donald Lynch, president of JCP&L, a letter last week "condemning their handling of the situation in Passaic County."
Mayor Chris Vergano urged residents to sign a petition last week asking the state Board of Public Utilities, Gov. Chris Christie, and the state Legislature to rescind JCP&L’s franchise to sell energy to Wayne residents.
A link to the petition can still be found on the township's website. More than 1,400 people have signed the petition since it went live online last week.