Legislators ask for post-Irene hearings in Morristown

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In the wake of week-long power outages after Tropical Storm Irene, Morristown’s state representatives are asking the state Board of Public Utilities to hold a hearing in town about the performance of Jersey Central Power & Light.

A letter was sent today to BPU President Lee Solomon from state Sen. Anthony Bucco and Assemblymen Anthony M. Bucco and Michael Patrick Carroll, Republicans from the 25th District.

Here is the letter:

FROM THE STATE LEGISLATORS IN THE 25TH DISTRICT:

Dear Commissioner Solomon:

Governor Christie announced that the BPU will be holding public hearings regarding the power companies’ response to the massive outages around New Jersey in the days following Hurricane Irene.

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

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The Whippany River rushes over Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown after Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Berit Ollestad.
The Whippany River rushes over Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown after Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Berit Ollestad.
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