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Peter Mancuso said many utility crews were in the area Thursday.

In an update Thursday evening, Morris Township officials said many JCP&L crews had been in the area and that many had their power restored.

Morris Township Mayor Peter Mancuso also spoke with JCP&L President Donald Lynch and state Board of Public Utilities President Robert Hanna Thursday morning and "expressed our concerns with JCP&L’s restoration efforts.

"Mr. Lynch indicated that power will be restored to almost all of Morris Township by Saturday evening," Mancuso said in the letter. "We share in your frustration with JCP&L's lack of communication and information with regard to estimated time of restoration for neighborhoods/streets. We began demanding a comprehensive restoration plan from JCP&L once the storm subsided, over a week ago. To date we only have projected restorations by municipality for each day.

"We are working with governmental officials at all levels including Congressman [Rodney] Frelinghuysen, Governor [Chris] Christie, Senator [Anthony] Bucco [Sr.], Assemblyman [Michael Patrick] Carroll and Assemblyman [Anthony] Bucco [Jr.] to address JCP&L's restoration efforts. We have been communicating with Mr. Lynch, president of JCP&L each day via conference call.

Mancuso went on in the letter to state that approximately 5,500 of the approximately 7,800 power outages have been restored. "But this still leaves far too many of our residents without power," he said. JCP&L advised officials Thursday that indicates they expected to restore power to an additional 1,800 Morris Township customers tomorrow. "We will continue working diligently to push JCP&L from all levels of government to get restorations made as quickly as possible," Mancuso said.

The Township mayor's statement come on the heels of several increasingly-negative comments from officials in Morristown, including a letter from Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, where the mayor pointed out that JCP&L has gone beyond its projected 7-to-10 day restoration timeframe that was given following Hurricane Sandy.

"It's been frustrating," Morristown Business Administrator Michael Rogers said Thursday. "It has been continued frustration that we share with our residents and it's—I can only look to JCP&L to hopefully learn from this experience on how they can improve."

Jason November 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Does anyone see JCP&L crew on James Street today, Friday?
Sam November 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Anyone know whether power is back in Rolling Hill-Blackberry area (i.e. Laura Lane, Eagle Nest, Blackberry, etc.)? Is JCP&L doing any work on the lines down on south street near Southgate Parkway?
kathy November 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Nordrom, As charming as your "Holier than thou" attitude is, you should check your facts before bragging about your reasoning abilities. We are from Morris Township and spent the storm in Mt. Laurel, a town in Southern NJ. Any outages were up in a matter of days (1 to 2). It is easy to "armchair quarterback" when you are sitting in a lighted, warm place. Yes, the storm was unprecedented in NJ. However, week long power outages in my area of Morris Township are not. This is our third in 2 years, and we are still out (12 days and counting). I have lived in my neighborhood since '79 and we have had easily over 120 outages of various durations. We have begged and pleaded JCP&L for a general assessment of our problems to no avail. We ran out of patience years ago.
Nordrom Keni November 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Lol where are the faults in my reasoning abilities? Everything I said is true. And...you spent the storm in an area that wasn't as hard hit and had power back in 1-2 days. I spent 10 days in Morris County without power/heat. Sorry, *who* is the armchair quarterback here? And "week long power outages in Morris Twp" (all of NJ actually) were predicted well in advance before Sandy and Irene. I went without power for days/weeks during all 3 events myself. I wasn't somewhere else with electricity and heat lecturing others who were enduring the hardship. Guess it boils down to hardiness. The majority are soft, and a few folks understand logic and can endure true disasters. Most others just want to crucify someone/something.
Nordrom Keni November 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
A) You were told that you might be without power for 1-2 weeks. What part of that didn't you understand? I went 10 days in the dark and cold myself. But I expected it and prepared for it. And as many others have said the whole "I don't see trucks in front of my house I didn't see trucks out today" doesn't mean jack. Do you know what the electrical grid is? Know much about it and how it works? Yeah, didn't think so. At any rate, you almost certainly have power back now anyway (unless you live on Wetmore...man I feel badly for you guys). B) Can you explain to me the correlation between a county's wealth and a power company's ability to restore power at a certain time after a disaster?

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