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PSE&G Apologizes to Village for Incomplete Press Release

Village officials reconfirm top priority status.

Following a day of tense discussions with PSE&G officials, South Orange Village President Alex Torpey confirmed priority status for South Orange to have power restored.

Torpey received the following e-mail, at 5:30 p.m. today, from John McManus, Project Manager at PSE&G regarding an earlier press release by PSE&G.

Mayor Torpey:

Our apologies for statements in our press release this morning that may have caused confusion regarding our work priorities.  South Orange is one of the towns in Essex County that has been placed on a high prioritized list. We have crews working hard in and around South Orange Saturday, Sunday and Monday ensuring that power is restored to residents by Monday, which is our ETR for the Village.

John J. McManus
Project Manager - PSE&G
Essex County OEM Liaison

Village officials, after speaking with county and state officials, were able to confirm that South Orange is on the priority list for repairs in Essex County and that repairs are being made to South Orange homes this weekend. 

In a statement earlier in the afternoon, the village confirmed the following information:

The ETR (estimated time of restoration) for South Orange is Monday, November 5, which means that work obviously must be done prior to that to complete everything by that date.

You can find this information from the state of New Jersey, which confirms the expedited schedule we have been promised here

Many other towns which are high priorities, such as Caldwell, were also mistakenly left off the list this morning, and Village, county and state officials have asked PSE&G to release a formal statement clarifying/correcting the original announcement from this morning.

Residents remain in the dark around town, and many are skeptical about PSE&G's reports of power already restored in South Orange.  Others have been told their power will be restored as late as Nov. 15, after earlier reports of Nov. 5 and then Nov. 9.  No resident has yet reported power restored to Patch or on active Maplewood Online threads. School is (for now) scheduled to open on Monday. Elections are Tuesday. 

Bruce A Desonne November 03, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Yeah, sometime told the boy wonder that we weren't on the list
Citizensforlowertaxes November 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Wow. I'm glad To hear the news that this was merely an editorial oversight! I feel so good that my taxes of $22,000 pet year gets me included with those considered a utility company priority! God bless! Robert Dantuono. ( paid for by the Elect Robert for Village Presiden t campaign. ).
T Sturtz November 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Same old, same old. I've seen pse&g in Maplewood -- not S. Orange. And while our own town echoed pse&g claim (or created the fiction) that many homes had been restored, the Patch knows of no one.. Do you? Calling our county executive made a difference at a similar time with the mayor making all sorts of claims about how plugged in he was. 973-621-4400 is the number for County Exec. Dial it Monday and ask to speak to him. Last year that got an aide to the phone and in hours forgotten parts of our town were lit up. I'm just one guy. Let many more jam the phones there. Also, very important to call PSE&G daily. If they light up a grid near you and you don't have power, they will forget about you. Stay on their radar and let them know how forgotten we are in storms. A chorus has a better chance of being heard. Spread the word on this. The utility tracks how many calls they get from towns. Our best course is not to sit on our hands, but make these calls. Maybe try congressman too.
Bruce A Desonne November 04, 2012 at 12:56 AM
And would someone tell them he's not the mayor, but rather the Village President
T Sturtz November 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Also, numbers are understated. Call Pse&g. If you figure your neighbor's call covers you, it means they have an artificially low percentage of the town out. They only count houses that report and then report again when there is restoration nearby, but not at your house. Be counted for everyone's sake.
Carlos Ulises Decena November 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Thanks for the advice. Called yesterday. Do folks know if there is a mechanism to call a town hall meeting in the village? I'm asking because it really is in our collective self-interest to figure out ways to help one another while the power outages last, put pressure on the officials in the city to provide more public space for people to use in the meantime and to understand that they are accountable to us as a collective, and develop some kind of preventive strategy for the next time we are hit with something like this. I just don't understand the levels of insensitivity from officials in this town, some of whom don't even know how to respond to concerned residents about basic questions they should have thought about (like how do I get to work in New York City; what's up with the Jitney, etc). And I really don't think we can just go back to our regular lives without some kind of collective plan so that next big call from nature hits and we are just stranded and without a strategy. Can't remember now if this is day five or six without power for me, but what has always disappointing to me about this town is our inability to imagine ourselves as having a stake in the well-being of everyone else, regardless of socio-economic circumstances.
H Hoffman November 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Still no power! As usual Crest Circle and Blanchard Rd are never restored until last possible moment. Somebody help us! H Hoffman
Prosper November 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Is power restored as of Sunday morning?
Daria Knarvik November 04, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Sunday morning. Still no power. Still no heat. Still no sign of PSE&G. Until the have competition nothing will change. And for this they will raise our rates
William Webb November 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Sunday AM . Live wire(s) in backyard prevent anything else moving forward. Neighbors have been wonderful and sense of community strong .Lack of light feels worse than lack of heat so far. Any updates on gas station supplies locally? Bill Webb
Steve Froehlich November 04, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The weird part to the story is that PSE&G is working hard. They designated South Orange as a high priority. Yet, while there status didn't change, they accidentally left South Orange off a press release. Then... even though the status didn't change... folks flipped out about the "press release" being wrong. Why distract PSE&G by demanding they fix a typo and not allow them focus on continuing to work???
Dan Pasternack November 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I have yet to see one pse&g truck in so. orange. Not one. We have a downed line in our next door neighbors yard. It's a live wire and its not a fenced yard. Our neighbor is 91. There are lots of children and pets on our block. They tell us they have known about it since Tuesday.
Tux Parker November 04, 2012 at 02:03 PM
No electric work in S.O. until Tues, per the latest PSEG workforce schedule.
Eugene Lipkin November 04, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Where did you see that? Their website still says restoration on Monday night. Then again they said Clifton would be last night and my parents there are still out.
Tux Parker November 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Here's the link: http://www.state.nj.us/nj/home/features/spotlight/20121103-05-2_PSEG.pdf
Eugene Lipkin November 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM
PSEG website and service reps (yes I got a live one) keep saying end of day tomorrow. Well, I guess we will know soon enough. By Wednesday when it is going to rain would be nice.
Marcia Worth (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Eugene, Were you told end of day Monday recently, today or late tonite? Thanks, Marcia
Eugene Lipkin November 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM
About 30 minutes ago. But I honestly do not take it at face value.
Naoma Welk November 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Just called pse&g to report an outage. The recording says they have no record of us being out!!! They said restoration would be by next Friday the 9th
Tux Parker November 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I sure hope Eugene's story is right!
Eugene Lipkin November 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Please, do not hold me responsible if it does not pan out. :). Given how angry people are by now I might get lynched ;)
Victor Alcindor November 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
As of now, no sign of PSE&G or outsourced help in Tuxedo Park.
T Thadius November 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
And PSE&G email was false. Current PSE&G worksheet shows work starting later than reported. Call county exec at 972 621 4400. They have pull. S.O. town govt getting lip service. Flood county exec with calls.
Linda November 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Still no power on Mayhew Drive. This is so frustrating!

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