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Mayor: Expect Power in 3 to 4 Days, Major Fort Lee Roads Open

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said Friday that power is slowly returning, and that the only roads that are closed are those with trees intertwined with wires that can’t be removed until PSE&G says the wires are no longer live.

The mayor of Fort Lee provided an update for residents Friday on power outages and conditions in town in the aftermath of Sandy, saying the borough is “looking at three to four days” for restoration of power.

“We continue to update the borough’s webpage, but for those people without Internet, I’ve now resorted to having notices delivered to as many places as I can, including apartment buildings, municipal buildings and the community center,” Mayor Mark Sokolich told Patch Friday. “And I’m issuing these notices every day.”

He said in fact that power is “slowly but surely” starting to come back on for some residents, with four buildings and a couple of neighborhoods in Fort Lee having been restored Friday.

“So we have guarded optimism that the three to four days will be a lot less,” Sokolich said, adding that most major roads in Fort Lee are also now open.

The only roads that remain closed are those on which trees are intertwined with wires “because we can’t touch them until PSE&G confirms that they are dead,” the mayor said.

“The second PSE&G confirms that they’re not live, within five hours, we’ll have it concluded,” Sokolich said. “So if the public sees a tree blocking the street, believe me, we want to get to it, but we can’t because we’re not allowed to until PSE&G permanently kills that wire.”

Sokolich also provided a phone number he called a “phone registration system” that people can call to report storm damage: 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

“And within 48 hours they process this claim for damage if you sustain damage as a result of the hurricane,” Sokolich said. “Because since we are deemed a federal disaster area, we’re entitled to it.”

Sokolich’s public notice for Friday is attached to the right of this article as a PDF.

John Giordani November 04, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thank you for all of you efforts, we are all with you Mr. Mayor! I was in a meeting with you Monday morning just hour before the storm and i have seen the confidence in your eyes. Thank you again and stay on top of PSE&G please, we still are without power!
Richard November 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Not just north to the bridge, south has been facing the same hopeless situation. After repeated calls to PSE&G, Saturday morning the 1st PSE&G man showed up with a small van. And this man is here on Abbott Blvd and side streets just to do estimation. PSE&G just started estimation on November 3rd, 5 days after Hurricane Sandy hit the area. And the estimation? At least 2 more weeks to get power restored !!! That is to say, THREE WEEKS after the hurricane to expect power coming back. We are no better than Haiti or any 3rd world country. And we are talking about New York City's densely populated surrounding towns, not rural area. This is not just a natural disaster, this is disaster of Administration and Management, from the incapable federal government to the useless municipal administration, and to poorly managed PSE&G . Another 4 year to let such administration to manage our country and city? No way. Tuesday is the day !
Aliza November 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
PSE&G and their ETR is just lip service - useless and despicable. Where are the community leaders with constant updates? They must just serve themselves.
Ppatel November 04, 2012 at 10:21 PM
What is the mayor of Fort Lee doing about this? It is absolutely preposterous that it will take 3 weeks for us to get power! What is the reason? The mayor here reports we should get it in 3 to 4 days; what is the discrepancy in dates? This is not the way to keep the residents of Fort Lee informed. This is infuriating. WE deserve answers. I request an honest estimate from the mayor. When is that coming? I agree, changes will be made at the next Fort Lee mayoral election.
Boris Nisenbaum November 04, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The mayor has been MIA all this time. What do you expect from this pathetic individual if his latest message has been posted on the Fort Lee web site in June 2011? That is until today's one, of course. Talking about rude awakening! Where have you been all these days, Mr. Mayor? I hope you remember your suffering and vote Sokolich's cronies out of city council on Tuesday.

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