Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. Herb Jackson of the Record and northjersey.com reports President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Christie. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. More information can be found here.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
14th Legislative District lawmakers have called upon JCP&L to communicate with customers of the surrounding communities about power outages in recent years
East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury residents, among others in the 14th Legislative District, are due some answers from JCP&L President Donald M. Lynch, according to an Assembly Democrats News Release. In a letter sent to Lynch on Tuesday, Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), and Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) invited the JCP&L president to hold an open forum with customers who have faced extended power outages in recent years, leading to frustrations that the utility provider is not able to meet the needs of consumers. “Residents see little improvement to the energy infrastructure to prevent outages or methods used in order to communicate with them during these extended outages,” the…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Volunteers from the Midwest came to Central New Jersey performing various tasks for homeowners affected by the storm free of charge.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
A time of great tragedy can often bring out both the best and worst of human nature. For residents of Central New Jersey living under the dark cloud of destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy last month, a helping hand was extended from the Midwest as a group of good samaritans made their way around the area helping residents deal with extensive storm damage. There was only one catch, the volunteers refused to take any money for their help. "The owner of the company we work for sent us up here and we kind of ended up just doing whatever we could do to help people out," said Ben Doyle, of Muscatine, IA. "We saw everything on TV and we knew it was going to be bad, so we came right up here the day after the storm." The three Iowan …
The Governor's office announced Thursday.
An additional $10 million in quick release emergency relief aid being sent to New Jersey will help the state make emergent repairs to roads, bridges, and tunnels, the governor's office announced Thursday morning. Quick release emergency funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration and are used to repair critical infrastructure. The additional $10 million New Jersey's received from the DOT thus far brings its quick release relief fund total to $20 million following Hurricane Sandy. In a release, Gov. Chris Christie said the funds will provide key additional resources to repair infrastructure and prepare the shore for next year's tourism season. With New Jersey tourism estimated at $37 billion …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Senate Budget Committee hears about impact on school year, tax ratables, budgets.
From the fate of the 180-day rule to the cost of rebuilding schools and their budgets, state education officials faced a host of questions Monday regarding the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the state’s public schools. The immediate impact was obvious, with days lost to a storm that forced more than a week of school closures – and even more in some cases – and displaced thousands of students from their home schools. Eleven schools remain closed to this day, with several unlikely to reopen until next year, officials said. Even at reopened schools, officials are still grappling with how to make up the lost time, not to mention the potential financial losses in damaged buildings and the devastated tax bases that districts rely on for their …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Lesniak bill calls for stormproofed substations, widely deployed smart meters, to prevent the outages that followed Sandy.
Its most prominent proponent calls it the "Never Again Campaign", a curious choice of words given that one of the most trusted tenets in Trenton shared by lobbyists and politicians alike is: “Never say 'never.'’’ Nonetheless, the Legislature may soon move a bill that would require the state’s electric utilities to make significant improvements to the power grid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to a veteran lawmaker. The bill's goal is to prevent the type of widespread outages in the wake of the storm, which left more than two million customers without power, some of which (on the state’s barrier islands) have yet to get their lights on. Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said yesterday he hopes to introduce the bill early next month, …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Politicians have to make tough—perhaps expensive—decisions and need to start taking action.
It’s been three weeks since Superstorm Sandy blew through New Jersey, and past time to begin figuring out how to minimize losses the next time. Some solutions involve building; some, doing the opposite. Just as the attacks of Sept. 11 brought talk of rebuilding, there have been vows to restore the shore back to Oct. 28, 2012, as if nothing had happened. That would be a huge and costly mistake. It is not politically correct to say that at least some of what was destroyed should not be rebuilt. But it’s the truth. Barrier islands are aptly named. They are supposed to serve as barriers for the shoreline. When a major storm like Sandy or Irene hits, they will take the brunt of it and provide some measure of protection for the mainland. They …
Friday, November 23, 2012
From Bruce Springsteen to the Episcopal Church, who decides how to use the tens of millions of dollars being collected to help Sandy's victims?
First there was New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen headlining a star-studded telethon to benefit the American Red Cross. Then there was Oscar de la Hoya and his Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Productions donating the proceeds from a night of boxing to the decimated Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City. Now, National Hockey League all-stars Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell have announced Operation Hat Trick, a charitable professional hockey game to be played Saturday night at A.C.’s Boardwalk Hall to raise money for the Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF), and the Empire State Relief Fund. Next in the lineup, a Dave Matthews Band benefit concert November 30 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford for a relief fund set …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
State BPU chief warns NJ ratepayers would foot bill for ‘incredibly expensive’ measures.
Hurricane Sandy has prompted utility regulators to take a new look at measures New Jersey has shied away from in the past – including replacing some above-ground power lines with underground systems -- largely because of the huge price tag that likely would jack up electric rates for consumers. In the next few months, the state Board of Public Utilities, however, plans to explore the possibility of “selective’’ burying of underground lines. It also will examine whether to require utilities to create a “smarter” power grid, a step some say would lead to faster restoration of power in the wake of powerful storms like Sandy. Neither of those options would be cheap. In the past, for instance, the BPU has balked at allowing Public Service …