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Day 5: Power Slowly Being Restored to Residents

Police headquarters, Livingston High School now with power.

Livingston Mayor Stephen Santola says that PSE&G has returned power to thousands of Livingston residents on Wednesday.  The power company has also set up a "satellite headquarters" at town hall. 

Town hall and police headquarters now have power, as does the surrounding homes.  Santola said the next step will be to restore power to the fire department and Livingston First Aid Squad.

Santola said the "goal is to have the schools up and running by Election Day so that the polling stations aren't affected."

"We have to get the kids back to school," said Santola.  "Election Day is also a very important day for America. We don't anticipate it being affected."

PSE&G crews are working side-by-side with the township's department of public works to ensure branches are cleared out of the way and the power company can successfully reach the power lines.

JCP&L says they have restored a third of the homes that were without power. They have approximately 1,100 more to go.  

Both utilities will have a presence in town today and over the weekend as they work to restore power to the remaining residents.

Patch will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

Jersey Girl November 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
We saw PSE&G in town yesterday and they told us that they hadn't even started working in town yet, even though about 1,000 trucks are sitting in the all parking lot. Residents of Livingston getting short end of the stick - 5 days and counting without power. The mayor and elected officials need to step up to get our power restored more quickly. It's a disgrace to have town hall, etc. out this long, which only makes it longer for residents. How does the town let them wait this long to give a fire department, first aid, etc. the people who help and protect during this time, so much leeway? Step it up Livingston.
LVLancer November 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
JCP&L says they have 1,100 to go, yet their outage map says 2,205 still without power.
testy11 November 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
JCP&L is a disater of a company, can we get PSE&G back to our area.
Teresa Metzger November 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
We need power, this is getting worse without fresh food
Dunkin' Donuts November 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Dunkin' Donuts is now open at 43 S. Livingston Ave!
Dave November 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Steve, stop talking about the stupid election and get power restored to HOMES!!!
ryan November 02, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I agree. Dont let the trucks stage in our town unless we are going to get back up on line in short order. Its ridiculous that the town center is on before all home in the township are. where are the leaders demanding results and if they are demanding result do a better job of showing you are fighting for us. In this age of twitter and facebook someone shoudl be giving us detailed and proactive updates. I'm moving.
Pack 59 Livingston November 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The first Aid Squad and Fire Dept have generators, and were able to run and serve the community during and after Sandy. I think that the electric companies are doing a fantastic job. Yes we all have to wait and be cold, but at least we have a place to call home. I suggest cleaning out your closets and start donating to those who have been left with nothing.
Dave November 02, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Pack 59, I'm happy for you since you apparently got your power back! As for those of us that aren't so lucky, I'm sure you'll understand why we aren't big fans of PSEG, JCPL, or the elected officials right now.
Teresa Metzger November 02, 2012 at 11:09 PM
The lack of communication is disgraceful
testy11 November 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
only 500 out of 2200 will be done by Sunday, the rest next week. Schools can't start till Thursday.
Richard Goldsteion November 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I wish someone could give us more precise information so we can plan accordingly. The worst part of this situation is that the town and elkectirc companies are afraid to commit. All I ask is that we be kept posted of the real situation. If power isn't coming back for a week let us know so we can leave.
testy11 November 03, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Milligan patch comments section has link of estimates. By Sunday 24% of homes without power will be restored, the rest by next week. No one in township has any ability to get things done for Livingston. Call the governor, the millburn resident shouted, mayor called governor, and their powering restored.
Doug Fresh November 03, 2012 at 04:40 AM
i agree, Steve Santola get the power back already! What a disgrace that you end your term as Mayor with this debacle!!!! Shame on you!!!
Michael Ciullo November 03, 2012 at 10:19 AM
What about West Hobart Gap Road? When will they get power?
Jerry November 03, 2012 at 10:41 AM
When is power going to be restored to Wychwood Rd? On Sunday we got a relative from Tsunami ravaged Seagate Brooklyn NY only to lose power on Monday night Then finally got a damaged Champion Generator at Home Depot on Friday Can't get a Hotel Room. Why didn't Senior Citizens Center have a back up generator?
Walter Cullen November 03, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Why are people running out of gas? We were all told to fill our cars and red containers with gas. That's what we did. What am I missing here??
Thirty Four November 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM
How do you know Pack 59 has power back? Does this mean that you also have power back already? What Pack 59 said makes most sense. There was a report on NBC about our nearby town, Essex Fells boro, which didn't even have a single utility truck to fix anything until Friday. A home owner who told reporter that he was very happy to have the trucks came to start fixing 4 days after the storm. He was not mad with the power companies considering how devastating other areas had been. He considered his family to be very fortunate sleeping in cold nights when compared to those who suffer more. This kind of spirit is needed in the time of hardship all around.
Thirty Four November 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I believe town center is still without power, but for town hall, yes, they do have power now. It just happens that town hall also hosts our police station. The place that runs the 911 and other emergency systems. I think they got the priority right. I don't think mayor lives inside the town hall so there is no incentive to get that up first. He should just point out that it was for the police station. Just a thought.
Richard November 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The Governor warned everybody this was going to be bad but he had no plan along with JCP&L. Out politicians are useless including Obama. The Governor should have had power to most gas stations with in 24 hours of the storm. JCP&L should have had all power back on with in 48 hours of the storm.
ryan November 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Nj.gov has a town by town list of restoration dates. Livingston is monday 11/5.
Doug Jones November 03, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Amazing, Stevie Santola, get on the phone to your buddy from Livingston, Chris Christie, and get back our power!!! This is totally acceptable!!! Do you have power?? Stop worrying about the election, and do your job!!
Doug Jones November 03, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Silverman and Anthony talk about the future and transparency. The negative campaigning is gonna cause you to lose the election. Livingston needs a new fresh breath of air, instead of the revolving door of Democratic politicians that are elected year after year. Larry Kohn has pegged the Town Council each and every time. Santola you have time to write ridiculous rebuttals in the Tribune with regard to Larry Kohn, but our taxes continue to go up every year!!! Good idea that you are hanging up the cleats!

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