Power Could Be Restored to Most Wayne Outages By Sunday

JCP&L response 'not good enough,' freeholder said.

The response efforts of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) in Passaic County have been displeasing to not only some residents, but politicians as well.

Passaic County Freeholder Director Pat Lepore sent Donald Lynch, president of JCP&L, a letter Friday "condemning their handling of the situation in Passaic County." In the letter, he said about 1,600 of his constituents in Passaic County remained without power on Friday.

"I understand the challenges facing [JCP&L], especially in light of the recent snowstorm. However, that does not excuse the lack of communication about the progress of work in Passaic County," he wrote.

There are approximately 639 Wayne residents who remained without power Friday, according to a press release sent by Lepore's office, in addition to about 723 residents without power in West Milford and 223 residents without power in Pompton Lakes.

Mayor Christopher Vergano said he spoke with Lynch Friday afternoon and that JCP&L's goal is to have 75 percent of Wayne residents whose power was still out Friday restored by midnight, with the remaining 25 percent restored by midnight on Sunday.

"We aren't asking for miracles. We are asking for them to communicate with our residents in a frank and forthright manner so they understand what is going on and what the pace of work will look like," the press release said.

Lepore told Lynch that he would be meeting with Wayne residents Friday night to discuss JCP&L issues. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at 50 Sequoia Place. Vergano was unaware of the meeting.

"After I hear in more detail from my constituents their complaints and concerns, I hope to be able to relay them to you and your people on the ground," he wrote to Lynch. "We need to work together in these trying times and make sure communication is improved and power is restored."

Tina Luterzo November 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Lepore told Lynch that she would be meeting with Wayne residents Friday night to discuss JCP&L issues Does anyone know where this meeting is taking place. I would like to be there
Nose Wayne November 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Don't bother with a letter, we all NOSE where they go. CALL DONALD EVERY HALF HOUR AND SAY "WHERE'S THE ELECTRIC" !!!!!! Why don't you give EVERYONE his phone number, I'm sure he would love to hear from everyone who STILL has no power.
stewart resmer November 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
just called Mr Lepore's office they will call back to announce the time and location
stewart resmer November 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Mr Lepore Meeting @ 6 pm 50 Sequoia Wayne. Confirmed.
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thanks, Stewart. I just had the meeting date and time confirmed as well and updated the article.
Joe videodummy November 09, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Im sure many of the constituents would be happy to entertain this meeting in their own homes- you know, the ones without electric, heat, or hot water ( that's if they even have water ). Someone should have called PSE&G to see if they are able to take on another 1600 permanent customers- If so- SEE YA !!!
Lenore Caccavella Wolke November 10, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Should have announced the mtg to be held at the library or in town hall. The town government needs to do something to get rid of JCP&L for good, maybe if all residents withhold their payments they will listen. Why was Wayne such a low priority? I heard it happens repeatedly in these sections of town. Then the grids etc. needed to be upgraded. But it would be best to run them out if Wayne. Get rid of the franchise. PSE&G is more responsible and reliable.
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Mr Lepore was very kind to take some of his time during this emergency to share with those in attendance what he knows. H eticked off the latest numbers of homes with out power through out Passaic, how many crews were where including 600 in Wayne if I heard that correctly. His opinion was that the power companies were slow to get off the mark and did not have the correct plan to deal with an outage of this magnitude, including a lack of field supervisors. He gives credit to the thousands of crews from across the country who have pitched in. Mr Lepore advocates for a review of what has happened and has strong opinions about what should be done to mitigate the problems. He can be contacted @ 973 881 4536 fax 973 742 3746
NJ Steel November 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM
How do you know PSE&G wants to deal with that area of Wayne? Actually..who would even want to move to Wayne? That town is the pits.
Sandy Fantau November 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I have had JCP&L for over 35 years and never saw these types of problems until the where bought out by a large mid-west company. I think the small section they serve in NJ is just not important to them. I'm not sure if Wayne has the power to have them not supply us with electric, but maybe the state can. FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 20,000 megawatts. Our Electric Companies FirstEnergy’s 10 regulated distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, based on serving 6 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Stretching from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore, the companies operate a vast infrastructure of more than 194,000 miles of distribution lines and are dedicated to providing customers with safe, reliable and responsive service.
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This was an event of epic and historic proportion, can we all agree on that? Can we also agree that after half a century of building up infrastructure that no utility provider could have ever rebuilt and repaired this magnitude of damage overnite? Can we agree that the damage is so great that a national response involving thousands of crews form near every state of the union is working on this and has been hard at work almost since day one and despite that effort, there is even more work of a permanent nature to be accomplished on in to the future? Because what I am reading here is that very few people are giving credit to our guest workers who are doing yeomans duty whose numbers probably far and away exceed the numbers of employees of our local energy providers? If our elected township represenntatives had been more proactive in seeing to it that clearing trees from power lines to begin with I do think that the problem would have not been so severe.
Jennifer November 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Where's our Councilman & Councilwoman during the crisis?
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I got this response back a few days ago when I asked if we (Wayne Township)ought reconsider the problem of tree encroaching on power lines everywhere I turn and look? I have asked town officials to take a look at this situation and report back to me on it. Additionally, I am working to make changes to the town's tree ordinance in an effort to mandate that homeowners maintain their trees. The best way to reach me on urgent matters remains my home phone number 973/686-3660. Thank you for reaching out to me on this issue. -Lonni Miller Ryan
Nose Wayne November 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
If you look at most of the trees that fell, they were town trees. Not homeowners trees. Every year the town goes around and does a sidewalk repair program. What do you think the contractors do to repair the side walk ? Cut the very roots that are holding the tree up. Then we get 70mph winds and what do you think happens to those trees that had their roots cut ? Maybe the trees when they come down could be replaced with a smaller type tree and away from the sidewalk ? And Lonni, private tree companies will NOT go near trees that are near wires. The power company has to do that.
Robert Pignatello November 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The response by the county is too little too late. By the way our state legislators should be in the lead here advocating for us. The ones in Morris county are raising hell against jcpl. Where in the world are ours? The utilities are regulated by the state bpu. Our state officials did little to correct the slow response last year and that made things worse this year and they are still silent. They have crews here from as far away as California. Major crews seen in Wayne who drove from Michigan. Yes. We are a small outpost this conglomerate does care much about. How can we expect a quick response when we are waiting for crews to get here from distant states ? My power is thankfully back today. But after yours is too let's not all forget the we should fight together to hold those responsible accountable. If we don't it will happen again.
Jack Q November 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Robert - glad you got your power back along with many others. I agree that the County was incredibly silent on this issue. At least the mayor had the temerity to go to confront JCPL. To say it was the towns fault, as others have on this board, for not trimming branches is ridiculous. Whole trees came down and by me, the wind brought the lines down. The power companies clearly did not have a disaster plan, nor could they formulate one as events unraveled. I for one an looking into a natural gas generator.
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