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Freeholder Director: I Will Demand BPU Investigation Into JCP&L

Freeholder Director John Curley wants a probe into the power utility's response to Hurricane Sandy.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director John P. Curley said he will send a letter to the state Board of Public Utilities today, asking for an investigation into JCP&L's post-Hurricane Sandy response. 

Curley said he wants to know how many personnel and trucks JCP&L put to work following the forecasted storm. A week later, 26 percent of the county is still struggling without power, and temperatures in their homes are falling as a vicious nor'easter approaches. 

"I think they've done a poor job of keeping the public informed," said the county executive outside the Keansburg Bolger School day shelter, on the day before he faced re-election in the polls.  

"All you hear is you will have power by next week. But that's not good enough. We need to know where — what streets — and when," said Curley.

He said the county has helped beleaguered Bayshore municipalities obtain gasoline for emergency vehicles, provided vehicle repair services, and loaned equipment like front end loaders. 

Realist1 November 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
So Dave according to union rules wouldn't only union employees be allowed to work on the lines? Clearly non-union utilities are working so why can they bypass that rule but not others? Perhaps its not a union issue as you claim but rather a management and coordination issue.
dan November 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Disband LOCAL govts across the state. they are incompetent and inefficient. they have done NOTHING concrete in this disaster. the money they have been TAKING from us sd be used to PREVENT and LIMIT damage not to line their pockets
dan November 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
you must be union guy and probably a democrap, if you think they are dong a good job INCOMPETENT and DYSFUNCTIONAL is the only description.
Ron Principe November 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
John: Have you been to Holmdel, Matawan, Aberdeen, Marlboro, Howell, Union Beach, etc. where the power is still out? I can answer that - NO - there's no media coverage in those areas for you to get the "free" coverage to get reelected.
Eve November 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Nothing insane about it. I would like an explanation of why most of Holmdel is apparently dead at the bottom of the list. We pay for utilities same as everyone else. Yesterday I saw trucks in Middletown restoring overhead power to houses, house by house. One after another. Nice and efficient. However, our power lines are underground, and I would like to at least know what the reason for our outage is (overhead power lines somewhere else? blown up transformer? what?), and the estimate for fixing it. We have a generator, and keep warm because of it, however, a lot of families do not, and a lot of those with young kids already left for relatives' homes, or are considering leaving. The power company is moving too slowly in our area, and not giving out any meaningful information. Every service company has a plan for emergency situations, and it appears that JCP&L's plan just does not cut it.
Dave November 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Realist1 Im not sure. Just going by what I was told directly from the workers. I am sure its a management issue also, which is union no matter what. Just because a non-union worker is on a union line doesnt mean they can bypass what they want. Union rules will always take precedent, which will generally slow the process down. I am not union, but work with unions once in a while so I understand the frustration of these guys who dont understand why it has to be that way. Also, the workers did not say they weren't union, just not this JCPL union. I think they know what theyre talking about. Seems like plenty of people are sharing in delaying this entire process.
SheaLavan November 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
First of all it's not under the Board of Chosen Freeholders to challenge JCP&L. Nice try! The only time you get involved or say anything is when you will get the media coverage. ON ELECTION DAY? Come on. Could have showed yours concern last week but I guess you couldn't get the coverage then. This is why we need to get you off the Board of Chosen Freeholders. You are a "salesman" who tries to sell your concerns. WE NEED politians who care about the people not a smooth talker. You should stop using the devastion of Hurricane Sandy for your own political gain. Vote Shea/Lavan The Right Team for Monmouth County.
Kimberly Aromando November 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
How have they done a good job communicating to us? We have not seen one Jcp&l truck working near us and we are on day 8. We have not received one update at all from them. Our Mayor has only gotten wrong response to when power is coming back on or no response at all. How is this acceptable at all? We need updates even if it is that they do not have the resources or the equipment to do their job. This is not acceptable and big changes are needed..
The Nation November 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Spoke to a crew from Alabama Power...They said JCPL is overwhelmed and cluless when it comes to large repairs
Concerened High Tax Payer November 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
paulie, let me guess -- you have heat and power !!!
7ts November 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I wasn't implying there is one big lever. By trade I am an electrical designer. I have worked with PSE&G on renovations to their substations. They are constantly upgrading their systems as opposed to JCP&L. Many of our substations were built back in the 40's and 50's. A lot of them have old equipment badly in need of repair. After the last storm JCP&L should have spent a little money on maintaining their infrastructure. They seem to only do any work once something has gone wrong. That being said I'm not taking anything away from those linemen putting in long hours doing the repairs. Also as an aside in most substations there are in place relays that detect faults in lines and shut down power automatically to protect the equipment at the substation. It appears that in some cases that protective relaying may have failed.
Fred November 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
How about you just cut down every tree that is hanging over a power line. Oh wait! The tree huggers would scream bloody murder.
Nikki November 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
JCPL doesn't give updates bc they are unorganized and winging it. Out of state companies are doing more work than they are. JCPL power goes out on a regular basis on a GOOD day. I loose power once a month for at least a few hours at a time. They charge super high rates and do not invest any of the money they colect into a better infrastructure. They had a good amount of notice of this storm and I bet you they did next to nothing to prepare and mobilize to hit the ground running afterwards. They learned nothing from Irene. Read the article about the colts neck Mayor who called the White House for help and had 25 out of state trucks there working on power. JCPL had no idea this was going on and gave him the same canned time estimate for power restoration not knowing there were 25 trucks in the town as they spoke. They are clueless. no one faults them for the storm or for the loss of power afterwards. Buy 9 days with no communication, seeing no JCPL trucks on the road and the only new peice of JCPL communication I have seen is that they plan to "recoup" the money they have spent of fixing everything - ie- raise rates. seriously? Basically they know they are losing almost 2 weeks of money for service that was not ptovided so they will find a way to make that back from customers in the end. Con Ed, PSEG, hell, even Lippa customers are getting better service and higher fixed rates than those of us that have JCPL.
Phyllis November 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
First of all to the person who says the SHARE HOLDERS should come first - get a grip and come off your high horse. Since when does it matter that just because you have money invested in a company does it matter that you should come before everyone else??? You think that just because you stand in front of your house waiving money around that they are going to rush to your house and turn you electric on first? I hope your the last one to get your electric on. Sorry for the vent but they guys ignorance just got to me. I realize how bad the situation has been for you guys and I really do sympathize. I don't live there but we were hit by a winter storm with nothing but ice and snow that put us out of electric for 3 weeks when the temperatures were in the 20's during the days and even colder during the nights, so I know what your talking about when you complain about when you say it's cold and your tired of being cold. My husband is there working his butt off trying to get your electric turned on to as many people as he can. He has run into problems with the engineers with your electric company trying to pull him off a job when it was almost complete, the engineer telling him to go to a different location when if he could have stayed another 45 min. he could have turned on 1000 people. He argued till he won the argument. Today he is in a area no lineman has been before. Now he is hearing about people throwing eggs at linemen. For that I say Thanks for the appreciation.
Concerened High Tax Payer November 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Just turn the power back on --- this is insane
John Grande November 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Mike... you are a clueless fool...you are the one out of touch. I see 25 subcontractor (JCP&L) trucks just sitting in my town not doing anything. We are documenting/photographing everything (the Town). We are supposed to have a JCP&L contact that the town was given after hurricane Irene devastated us but I am told that the town council member has not been able to reach him for 9 days. So much for coordination. During Irene we had no power for 10 days and they told us the same thing no telephone poles. They had ample time to store/stock. JCP&L has been a drag feet company since I moved to Warren County. I have had to go to the Board of Public Utilities to get anything done. I was losing power 12 times a month when it was sunny out for over a year and this was the only way they finally corrected the problem. You are the one talking politics here not whomever Curley is. Get a life.
David November 06, 2012 at 07:33 PM
No Mike, they need to do both. I'm sure the guys out there working on the lines aren't the same folks updating a web site. It doesn't take a whole lot of time for the utility workers to call in with a status. Keeping people informed with details is very very important so affected people can plan accordingly. And finally, the number of people out there working on the lines simply aren't enough to cover their service area. If you can't handle the business don't take on it. It's a good job only if you think not having power for 2 weeks is acceptable.
joeybaggodounts November 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
File a complaint with the BPU to revoke their license. http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/
QZ November 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Their response is ridiculously slow!
rch November 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Phyllis, I hope the egg story is just a terrible rumor. The crews coming from out of state have been fantastic and from your post I believe your husband is one of them. People's frustration is with jcp&l not the out of state crews who are sacrificing their own comfort to help us. We got power last night. Over two days crews from Georgia, South Carolina and Texas were there for different purposes. The only jcp&l prescence was a supervisor who drove down our street a few time. The out of state crews did ALL the work. Please extend our deep gratitude to your husband and his co-workers.
Dave November 06, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Phyliis, tell your husband thank you for everything he's doing for us. I truly hope the egg story is not true. We truly appreciate him and his crew.
Jim Sage November 06, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Call it "showboating," "policiticking," or whatever you may, at least John is calling for some action on the part of JCP&L. Other than Christie, I have not heard a peep from any politician from either side of the aisle. I would go one step further and demand support services from FEMA which have been nowhere to be seen. The state and county governments have been going at this disaster alone without the support from the federal government.
Lisa November 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Dear Phyllis -- my deep gratitude to your husband. Thanks so much for sharing this. Blessings to you both.
rch November 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Tonight someone told me that the insurance companies are being told by Christie to wave homeowner policy deductibles. Could that possibly be true or another creation of the rumor mills?
george coffenberg November 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
no power in allenhurst and most of rumson does not have power
Frustrated November 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Holmdel is probably one of the most neglected areas. Even densely populated areas of holmdel near 35 are out.... They relaired all lights except one (my grid, union). Literally stopped on the other side where hazlet meets holmdel. Getting aggrivated and very aggressive (if you plan to attack anyone make sure its a JCPL truck not out of state).
Harry Zober November 07, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Do any of you people realize that there are hundreds of people that don't have a home anymore? 80% of the wires or poles in my town were damaged. Thats in 2 square miles! This is a huge undertaking and there are people from all over the country that left their families to come help us, not to mention the local JCP&L workers that lost their homes. Instead of complaining, got to a shelter and help. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Stop whining and do something.
Tiffany November 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The residents aren't the only ones in the cold! My brother-in-law is up in Long Island from SC helping to restore power and he is sleeping in a tent with one sheet and one blanket!!
Meg November 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Let me guess? You got power back already, right?
Melissa November 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Power came up last night!

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