'Confusing' Power Situation Caused by PSE&G, Mayor Says

More homes are without power Sunday than were on Saturday despite the utility claiming full restoration by midnight.

The following message was drafted by Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn and sent to village residents Sunday morning.

Restoring power to Ridgewood has and remains our number priority in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  We fully recognize the hardship being faced by many Ridgewood families and are doing everything possible to mitigate it. 

The storm did considerable damage to Ridgewood. Immediately following the hurricane, it was estimated that over 70% of the Village was without power. That included Valley Hospital and the Ridgewood Water Company.  (Both have since been restored.)

Yesterday, PSEG estimated that about 55% of Ridgewood remained without power. Today, the utility estimates that approximately 66% of the Village has no power.
The disparity in PSEG's numbers (increasing from yesterday) speaks to a two very unfortunate facts. One is the extent of the damage to Ridgewood. One is the often confusing information coming from PSEG over the past week.
Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to restore power. We have been in regular contact with County and State leaders. We have been in regular contact with PSEG's regional and state management. And our tree crews have done everything possible from their end to facilitate access to PSEG workers.  

But PSEG – and only PSEG – has the physical ability to restore power.
Going forward, we will continue to focus on this issue fully and completely. Restoring power to Ridgewood residents is our number one priority. 

Please feel free to email me (paronsohn@ridgewoodnj.net) or call my cell (201.213.1811) with any questions. 

- Paul Aronsohn, Mayor

denise November 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thank you for finally posting mayor but frankly, if you are in constant contact with pseg then how is it we have conflicting stories as to when we will be up.
dara brown November 04, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I'm glad to hear the Mayor is putting the facts out there for the public since PSEG isn't telling the truth.
Brittany November 04, 2012 at 07:58 PM
My power went out today while I was listening to the recording of this very message on the phone. I have had my blinds open all day & have not seen a single PSE&G vehicle on my block. The businesses on my street have power, but the residents have been put in the dark
Boyd A. Loving November 04, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I guess "the buck stops here" is not a phrase used much, if ever, at Village Hall.
Sharan November 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
A tree has been down since Monday on Hillcrest rd, no one came to remove it yet.
dara brown November 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The tree on Hillcrest Road (if you are referring to the one betwee Sherwood & Fairmont Rd) has wires all over it and the Village employees cannot touch it until PSEG gets there and tells them the wires are not live. That whole area from Hillcrest to heights by glenwood is still in the dark and a real mess of wires and snapped poles.
barbara November 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I live on Parsons Road where at least 10 to 15 large maple trees came down on homes, power lines and even tore up a gas line. Half my block is living in a hotel nearby and the other half have generators. No PSE&G personnel have been seen for days!! My one neighbor informed me that a PSE&G employee drove up in their car to "assess" the situation. I want to go back to my home!!! When??? In my opinion the Governor, the President and most of all PSE&G are not responding to this crisis sufficiently. I cannot afford to stay in my hotel much longer and my street has not even begun to be fixed! No lights, no power, no heat, NO ANSWERS!
O'Briens November 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The tree on Graydon Terrace has been there since Monday as well. I don't know if it has wire and will have to wait until daylight to check.
Steve November 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
If a tree falls in midland park does ridgewood hear it. I live on a block that's half in Ridgewood and half in midland park. When the tree fell on the midland park part of the block I didn't realize as a ridgewood resident I could not go to midland park town hall. So I went to ridgewood town hall who told me it was midland parks problem. All I know I have three trees down on my block and no power and can't get a straight answer from anyone. Steve
Kelly McKensy November 05, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Maybe honorable Walsh can reach out to her political contributor receipent, one double dipper Donovan and request her to support ridgewood and contact PSEG rather than sneakingnaroundnchanging the blue laws.
Jimmy Eaux November 05, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Christie said to throw out the play book - then where is the action? PSEG cannot be relied on, people need to take this into their own hands. And why aren't all these local politicians fighting for Bergen County and Ridgewood to be included in the FEMA list? I was in upper Ridgewood today and it is a literal disaster zone.
Jimmy Eaux November 05, 2012 at 04:49 AM
If it is not a disaster zone, then why isn't anyone of it repaired yet? Trees all over the place and wires laying everywhere for a week. Wy is Bergen County left out? Where are our politicians? All we hear from them is just be patient.
Jimmy Eaux November 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How exactly was this letter "sent" to residents? By email to residents who don't have power? Or by post on a Sunday when there is no mail delivery? I have not seen the mayor visiting the streets of upper Ridgewood. Does he know where it is?
Jimmy Eaux November 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Troopers have made it to NJ from Mississippi, but the mayor can't get PSEG to upper Ridgewood.
Ridgewooder November 13, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The Willard area was a warzone and PSE&G handled, or more appropriately "didn't handle", it in a manner which borders on reckless endangerment of residents.


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