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No Free Pass for JCP&L, Red Bank Mayor Says

Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna said the power conglomerate is not doing enough to restore power to towns impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

With many of his town's residents still without power nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy landed on New Jersey's shores, Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna isn't willing to let Jersey Central Power and Light off easy, even as it coordinates its largest power restoration effort ever.

On his Facebook page, Menna, who criticized the power conglomerate for its admittedly poor response following last year's Hurricane Irene, said JCP&L has not provided the borough with clear answers as to when Red Bank will be back at full power, offering only "corporate doubletalk" instead.

Menna's message was at odds with several other local leaders, including Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, who have accepted the lengthy restoration delays as work continues to be done to restore power to residents throughout the state following the most devastating storm in recorded history. As of Saturday night, JCP&L was reporting about 3,500 Red Bank customers without power, a marked decline from the more than 6,000 affected customers it reported were without power two days ago.

Still, Menna said JCP&L has failed to communicate properly with towns. He is urging residents to call the power company and voice their displeasure with the extended outages.

Menna also reported seeing hundreds of utility trucks sitting idly by at Monmouth Park, their crews waiting instruction.

"Wake up Corporate," Menna wrote. "Send the crews to the towns and let our own Office of Emergency Management direct where the repair is needed."

In both Red Bank and Shrewsbury, Department of Public Works crews set out immediately to clear roads and restore driving access throughout their respective towns. In both municipalities, however, the road closures that remain are due to downed poles and wires that are waiting for JCP&L to tend to. In most instances, those areas have been ignored for the past week.

Though many Red Bank residents are still without power, the municipality has fared better than most when it comes to seeing power restored. Just a couple of days after Sandy knocked out power to more than 90 percent of Monmouth County, large parts of downtown Red Bank were back open with electricity flowing. Officials said significant portions of the downtown belong to the same grid as Riverview Medical Center, where power restoration was an immediate priority.

Since then, several Red Bank neighborhoods have seen their power restore, while other towns, like Shrewsbury, have seen little to no work being done or visible efforts to restore power from JCP&L.

Jersey Girl November 04, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I agree with red bank's mayor... JCPL trucks sitting in parking lots???? that's awful!! still not ONE TRUCK IN SHREWSBURY!
Frustrated jcpl customer November 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I live in boonton township and have not seen ONE JCPL truck around. JCPLs response time is unacceptable. When I call them they can't tell me when my power will be restored. If you look on the reports they post of how many restorations there have been, the numbers by town don't even add up ! They posted a report yesterday Of many houses they restored on November 4th and 5th, well how is that possible Jcpl when yesterday was only November 3rd? PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, WE'RE FREEZING ,
hdhg fjgx November 04, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The reason it said 4th and 5th is because the numbers corresponding to those dates are estimates of the amount of customers that will be restored on those days additionally
MS2012 November 04, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Menna sounds like a moron, almost half his town has power. Shrewsbury has no power and nothing is exactly walking distance like it is in Red Bank. This guy is clueless.
liz November 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Still no.power on on tilton ave. In red bank it is freezing most of red bank is on except tilton ave an near the fiels this is retarted we do have kids...an another storm is suppose to hit if it hits bad then how are they going to fix power then smh
rbresident November 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
No where near half the town has power...... So no, he doesn't sound clueless.
MS2012 November 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
As of yesterday 46% of red bank has power, which is almost 50%. Shrewsbury is at 13%.
Melanie (Reed) Woods November 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Red Bank's Westside has been out of power for 7 days. Mayor Menna is absolutely correct. WHY were the power trucks who initially were coming to the Westside diverted to Little Silver by their corporate higher-ups? You go, Mayor, CALL IT LIKE IT IS!!!
MS2012 November 05, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Red bank has 20% more of it population with power than little silver. menna was crying because we was obviously not within that 46% number. If you said Rumson higher ups you would have had a better argument. Little Silver got hit a lot harder with flooding than Red Bank did as well. They needed more help. He should have been a little more undertanding of what was really happening instead of his own selfish needs.
Fred M November 05, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Shut up people...People that lost homes would trade places with you anytime..I am not a employee of jcp & L ...I can't possibly understand what it takes to get power restored..You people never say good job when your power gets restored..You only say the negative crap..Don't blame JCP&l for the hurricane..Repairs take time..Just because you see a truck where a worker may be taking a break doesn't mean he isn't working..You people think that a human person is suppose to be like a robot..I got news for you..JCP&l actually take time to eat..Don't you at your job..
John Morley November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I have a real problem with Fred's comment. Does he really think that people who are upset are blaming Sandy on JCP&L. No, what many are upset about is poor communication and anemic response. What period of time is acceptable for restoration of power? Mind you that while Red Bank and towns nearby have a lot of downed trees, there is certainly not wide scale destruction. This is not Katrina. There is also a danger to letting people go to long without power as temperatures are plummeting. Food and gasoline are also effected. A friend of mine is in the hospital and almost froze to death. JCP&L also have terrible communication, They have that pathetic map with pretty colors that tells everyone power for most will return by Wednesday. Yes, the magic power fairy will come to get all the lights on. Yes, power fairy just like the trucks that seem invisible in most towns apparently staffed by power fairies. Sorry Fred but I am going negative here as I am sure are my parents who are with me here in Perth Amboy. We got power here in 72 hours. My sister is afraid she will freeze to death in Chatham. How is that supposed to make me feel Fred. All warm and fuzzy about PSE@G. Sorry Fred, no cigar,
joeybaggodounts November 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
File a complaint with the BPU to revoke their license. http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/
r November 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I live on wallace st...day 10 no power. There is a tree down on Washington st that took out what looks to be about 3-4 poles that I think is the culprit. I have not seen one truck or worker anywhere near this block. The tree is massive. Its blocking the whole street and there are fallen lines everywhere. I've kept my mouth shut and yee, I know people have it way worse but I refuse to feel guilty about wanting my heat and lights turned back on. 10 days going on 11 without power is unacceptable.
Barney December 26, 2012 at 04:45 AM
You have to be in this line of work Fred M.
Fred M December 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I have read the comments everywhere about jcp & l sitting in parking lots and being chastised as lazy union workers...Workers have told me about the verbal attacks that they have to put up with..Why are the worker in the field getting cursed at if the problem lies with poor communications with the JCP&l management? ..I have talked to Mississipi State Police and Other emergency response teams that have seen the Katrina Damage..They seen it first hand and have told me the Hurricane Sandy was much more widespread damage covering a large area of the country..As far as JCP&l response being slow...You expected services restored faster? How? I am not qualified to understand how it can be done faster...Is anyone? Maybe we need more hurricane sands to practice..I hope not...
Fred M December 27, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Barney, so far you have me as a Boro of Shrewsbury Employee and now a JCP&l employee...lol
Barney December 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
No, I got you in a double wide trailer eating frozen Stouffer pizzas from Wawa every night. That's where I got you son. Barneylicous and family
Barney December 27, 2012 at 06:25 AM
John, Fred M obviously works for the city. Let him go. His free ride will end when they figure out he doesn't work but only raise your taxes every year. B_LISH
Fred M December 27, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Stalker strikes again..Very strange and sad you talk about children this way...You have a mind of a sicko
Barney December 27, 2012 at 07:31 AM
I talked about children? Where did your little pea-haded union hand out mind read me talking about children? I called you son, moron. You should be locked up alone for making such a statement.
Fred M December 28, 2012 at 01:42 AM
My son is a child...IDIOT

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