Morris lawmakers ask for local hearing on power outages

TRENTON – A group of Morris County-based lawmakers are requesting the Board of Public Utilities to hold a public meeting there regarding the massive power outages that took place there during Hurricane Irene.

The letter, addressed to BPU Commissioner Lee Solomon, was sent Tuesday and was written by Sen. Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll.  

“The 25th Legislative District and the surrounding districts in Morris County were some of the hardest hit,” the letter states. “Morristown, Pequannock, Denville, Parsippany and Lincoln Park are just a few of the Morris County towns that were devastated by the storm.”

The letter goes on, “Some of these towns were without power for in excess of 5 days.  We have already briefed you on the severe problems encountered by Morristown and its neighboring municipalities.  As a result of this, we are requesting that you consider holding one of these public hearings in Morris County and more specifically, Morristown, the county seat.  We can assist you in finding a location. Thank you for your consideration and please let us know if a hearing in Morristown can be arranged.”

BPU officials were not immediately available for comment.

While the state’s largest utility companies like JCP&L and PSE&G have had crews out trying to restore power to homes and businesses, some had to wait several days. Officials from the companies have cited the severity of the damage, the large number of repairs and inaccessibility to some areas as reasons for the longer-than usual restorations.

  Morris lawmakers ask for local hearing on power outages