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Fort Lee Community Center Now ‘Charging Center,’ 70 Percent of Residents Without Power

The community center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until the curfew is lifted; officials say power may not be restored for at least five more days.

A charging center has been set up at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center for residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy, as an estimated 70 percent of the town remained without power Wednesday, officials said.

The charging center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and has tables where people can work on their laptops, pens, paper, refreshments and coffee; they’re also showing movies, according to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

The only thing they’re asking is that people bring they’re own adaptors.

“We made it like an office center,” Sokolich said, adding that the 6 p.m. closing time is because of the curfew instituted Tuesday as part of Sokolich’s emergency declaration.

“As soon as I lift the curfew because PSE&G has killed all the downed wires, we are considering [keeping the charging center open] either 24/7 or going from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to keep it open,” Sokolich said, adding, “People can stay as long as they like [during opening hours], do work and so on.”

Sokolich also said he got an update from PSE&G Tuesday, estimating that 70 percent of Fort Lee is still without power and that people shouldn’t expect it do be restored until Nov. 5 at the earliest.

“But I have guarded confidence it will be sooner than that,” Sokolich said.

The Fort Lee Community Center is located at 1355 Inwood Terrace.

Dave Garcia November 01, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Ottmar: I'm not saying fort lee should be first.And I like that they are using the community center to help people. Only that the grid with the police station and the community center should be a priority. So they can come off the generators. Which are costing all tax payers a lot of cash.
Dave Garcia November 01, 2012 at 11:56 AM
There really is no reason to be sarcastic.
Quint November 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I love how folks have this need to talk about how everyone else should do things. In the event of a power outage the first reponders are the first to get power restorred, then hospitals, then housing specifically for seniors and the disabled. So they already know that the police station should be the first to get power back, thanks for your concern. I have power and have offered my house for charging, sleeping and showering to everyone I know. Be neighborly and reach out.
Dave Garcia November 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I love how folks need to change the subject. The police station is obviously not the 1st priority or that grid would be up and running.my question is valid. If there is a reason pse&g is not focusing on that area. I would like to know what it is. Simple question. Quint seems to need every one to know how magnaminus he is. The side of town that is being restored 1st has no hospital or police station. So other then amount of customers pse&g will be able to start charging quicker.I believe pse&g is causing undue burden to the fort lee tax payer. Only to improve ther bottom line.
Dave Garcia November 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
And by the way Quint. I also have helped my neighbors.Allways do. Rainstorm not required.

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