Singer introduces three bills in response to Sandy

TRENTON – A state senator announced plans Thursday to introduce three bills in response to Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Robert Singer’s, (R-30), bills would direct the Board of Public Utilities to adopt best practices and standards for public utility disaster response, permit certain public entities and nonprofits to qualify for BPU grants or low-interest loans to pay for alternative power generators and would require electric public utilities to repair their damaged street lights within 72 hours of municipal notification.

Singer said in a statement that the proposals aim to improve response by public utility companies and facilitate power during natural disasters.

“This legislation brings vital accountability to public utility companies and also mitigates tremendous pressure on them to immediately restore utilities to millions of customers by encouraging public and private entities to be prepared with backup power generators,” he said.

The bills were sponsored by Assemblymen Sean Kean, (R-30), and David Rible, (R-30), in the Assembly.

Singer introduces three bills in response to Sandy