UPDATE: PSE&G Crews in Maplewood, Elections Will Go On

Power restoration begins, slowly. Polling places are assessed. Gas still scant. NJ Transit might run Maplewood-NYC bus.

“There is a higher presence of PSE&G crews in town today,” said Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca on Friday morning. Though he declined to be more specific, he said crews were working to begin to restore power in town. 

Power had been restored to some streets in town.

"The priority now is getting PSE&G to clear downed wires on fallen trees in places like Woodhill Drive and Cedar Lane," said DeLuca.

Other Sandy updates:  

  • The gas situation remains worrisome. The Delta station at the corner of Valley Road and Oakland Road is still closed as of Friday morning, and the owner said he is having trouble getting gas from his distributor in Elizabeth, which is out of power. “They are telling me by Monday,” he said. 

Mayor DeLuca said the township had secured gas to power the DPW vehicles to continue clean up efforts but, “We have no information about fuel for the public,” he said. 

  • The township is talking to NJ Transit about the possibility of running express bus service from Maplewood to New York City. 
  • The election will go on. A polling machine was moved into Maplewood Town Hall this morning. “Four out of six polling places have power,” said DeLuca; those that do not are Prospect Presbyterian Church and Clinton School. Nine out of 21 election districts are currently affected by power outages.

“We are doing everything we can to get people to be able to vote in their own polling places,” he said.  The township is looking into bringing in temporary polling stations. DeLuca is scheduled to be on a call with Gov. Christie later this evening to discuss this and other issues. 

  • The Shelter at DeHart Center is fully operational and has a new, bigger generator. There is heat and food. 
  • Town Hall will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Maplewood Library Main Branch continues to be open and will likely open on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Morrow Memorial Church will also remain open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. through Monday.

Township Committee members Marlon Brownlee and Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal planned to visit the library late this morning to update citizens there. Member India Larrier was scheduled to have lunch at Morrow Church, with people who are hunkered down there.

Benjamin Myers November 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Utilities are a business first and foremost. You have to understand that. In our area, both PSE&G and JCP&L's PR/Communications department have stated that restoration priorities are focused on major delivery/transmission equipment, hospitals, and largest groups of (paying) customers first. This is all so similar to the events of Irene last year. If only there was a BPU investigation into the storm response for all of the involved utilities.. Oh wait-- There was. Too bad that it took over a year before anything can be remotely accomplished with it, and then-- Knock knock, hurricane Sandy. Why does power restoration take so long? Because things like this-- http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/at_long_last_bpu_consultants_i.html take /this/ long. This time it looks like PSE&G is doing worse than JCP&L, but no one ever seems to learn a lesson. Be sure to check out the BPU staff report and "early reccomendations" from 12/14/2011. http://nj.gov/bpu/pdf/announcements/2011/irene.pdf Good ideas, oh well... We're all cranky and frustrated, but our local government is doing a great job communicating and advocating for us. It is commendable.
P Gormn November 02, 2012 at 11:53 PM
No power at Prospect and Parker. Rather frustrated with these status reports that aren't true. Parker west of valley seems to have power, but we still have downed trees in power lines east of Parker and Prospect. It'd be great to see some crews put this way, if they can come out.
Mike L November 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
As of 630pm there was still no power ok Parker and prospect as stated above
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi November 03, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Kenesaw, P Gormn and Mike L: thanks for the update, will correct the article. Information is coming fast and furious and is changing rapidly.
joycepaton November 03, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Election information  From Essex County Clerk's Office: Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Clerk's Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls. The Clerk's Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark. We will be open: Thurs. Nov. 1: 8am - 5:30pm Fri. Nov. 2: 8am - 5:30pm Sat. Nov. 3: 9am - 4pm Sun. Nov. 3: 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon. Nov. 4: 8am - 4:30pm (latest allowed by NJ law) If you plan to visit the polls on Election Day, be sure to check this site to make sure that your usual polling place is operational. Some polling places may need to be moved due to damage or loss of power


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