Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Christie, Cuomo, local representatives react to Congress shelving $60 billion in recovery money.
Officials from states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy blasted Congressional Republicans on Wednesday for not passing a bill that would fund $60 billion toward recovery efforts. In a release, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said the move denies aid to "families, communities and businesses that were devastated by one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States. “Denying emergency aid to Superstorm Sandy victims is a new low for House Republicans," Lautenberg said. Lautenberg said Congress should put partisan politics aside, as it does for other disaster recovery efforts, and "extend a helping hand to help them get back up." "Helping struggling families recover from disasters has never been a partisan issue in Washington and it never should be," …
Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance now end of this month. How to apply.
Wednesday, January 2
Those who suffered losses due to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management have announced. People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. At the request of the state of New Jersey, FEMA extended the registration deadline beyond the original 60-day window due to the magnitude of the Hurricane Sandy disaster. The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
In total, 223 new vehicles are being purchased for the utility, according to press release.
More than $27 million in new vehicles is being invested by JCP&L, according to a news release. The vehicles will be for line crews and "other front-line employees across its service territory," according to the release issued Dec. 20. In total, 223 new vehicles are being purchased for the utility, more than half of which will be bucket and "digger derrick" trucks that will "help employees perform their field work efficiently while also protecting workers’ safety," according to the release. The addition of the new trucks brings the total number of vehicles in the JCP&L fleet to 1,350, according to the release. “The new trucks contain advanced technology that includes enhanced hydraulics to better handle heavy materials and more robust …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Otherwise, that debris needs to be deposited according to normal recycling schedules, according to town release.
Any residents still with Hurricane Sandy-related brush and tree debris have until Friday to make sure it's out on the curb. The town advised residents Wednesday of the impending deadline, just as a winter weather event was predicted to bring three-to-five inches of snow to the area. And, what's worse than moving tree stumps and branches? Moving tree stumps and branches covered in snow. Any brush put out after Friday will be by recycling schedules and "compliance" only, according to the release.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Officials, residents raise concerns at third BPU hearing about utility company's storm response.
Nearly two months after Hurricane Sandy pummeled through the Northeast, the frustration about the communication from state officials and power companies in the storm aftermath is still a major discussion among members of the public. The quality and accuracy of the information flow was the key subject brought up at the Board of Public Utilities third public hearing at Hopatcong Middle School Tuesday night. More than 60 people, including local officials and residents from Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties, attended the meeting where over a dozen people commented and raised concerns to BPU and JCP&L officials about the state's preparedness and response after the storm that left millions across the state without power for days and some for …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
BPU holds hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hopatcong Middle School.
Nearly two months after Superstorm Sandy, residents will have the chance to tell state officials first-hand their concerns and suggestions for the storm response and what it was like to survive without power for days. The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at Hopatcong Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. to hear input from residents all over the region about what the experience in the aftermath of Sandy was like. "We hope that residents are able to give us as much information as they have," said Greg Reinert, a spokesman for BPU. "What their experiences were, what did they experience as far as the outage, whether it was a line down or what information did they get regarding the outage, what information they weren't …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Poor communication, infrastructure and equipment problems after storm among primary complaints to utility company president, BPU.
If there was one thing the state Board of Public Utilities, JCP&L's president Don Lynch, officials and the public agreed upon Monday night, it was the severity of the storm named Sandy that howled through the state on Oct. 29, not only lashing the shore but bringing power outages that lasted two weeks or more to parts of central and northern New Jersey. But nearly all of the dozens of officials and residents from the inland counties of Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Sussex who spoke at a public input meeting held by the BPU in Basking Ridge, refused to let Jersey Central Power & Light off the hook anyway. "For us, in Bernards Township, for the first seven days after the storm, virtually nothing happened," said township Deputy Mayor Carolyn …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
All officials will be in Trenton all day Friday.
Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has said she is canceling a planned meeting of local residents at the JCP&L headquarters in Morris Township Friday because company officials will not be in the offices that day. Limaye had requested a meeting with JCP&L President Don Lynch, Gov. Chris Christie and BPU President Bob Hanna, and said last week that that there will be a town hall meeting Dec. 7 at the JCP&L offices in Morris Township. Limaye said she was asking residents, officials and others to go to the JCP&L offices, and was hoping the requested officials are present. But with confirmation that they won't be there, she has canceled the meeting. Limaye said she received a phone call from JCP&L representative John Anderson, who said all…
Friday, November 30, 2012
But JCP&L officials have not confirmed if they will be there.
After requesting a meeting with JCP&L President Don Lynch, Gov. Chris Christie and BPU President Bob Hanna, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye confirmed Thursday that there will be a town hall meeting Dec. 7 at the JCP&L offices in Morris Township—although those officials may not be in attendance. The public meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the offices on Madison Avenue. Limaye said she is asking residents, officials and others to go to the JCP&L offices, and is hoping the requested officials are present. "We have no confirmation from anyone," she said. "The messages have been sent through contact forms on their websites and phone calls to their offices. If they fail to attend and tell us they never received these messages, then that…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Over $200,000 paid out in Morristown for salary and wages related to October storm; nearly $100,000 so far in Morris Township. Final costs for both municipalities yet to be determined.
Time is money. Overtime is, well, more money. A natural disaster like Sandy does not come around too often (no comments from the Peanut Gallery, Irene). When it does, a lot of extra manpower is needed to get things up and running. Indeed, in both Morristown and Morris Township, it has been salary and wages that, so far, make up most of the post-Sandy cost. In Morristown, approximately $210,000 has been paid out as a result of the storm that battered the East Coast just before Halloween. Business Administrator Michael Rogers estimated $202,000 of that came from salary and wages alone. In Morris Township, Timothy Quinn, their business administrator said about $90,000 in overtime had already been paid out, with an endgame projection of $400,…