Elizabeth Mayor Pushes For “Five Off, Credit On” Bill

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ELIZABETH – As of 6 a.m. Friday morning, PSE&G reported that 2,802 of its 51,820 customers in Elizabeth were still without power. The utility expects to restore service to 2,522 today.

Mayor Chris Bollwage says that the utility isn’t working fast enough to restore power to his city’s residents.

“Over the weekend, PSE&G promised Elizabeth residents 100% full restoration of their power by Monday, Nov. 5, however when the day came about, they reneged that promise,” Bollwage said. “Each day a work list is sent out that depicts how many customers they estimate will get electric back per day and the amounts shown is simply not enough.”

The mayor has started an online petition asking Gov. Chris Christie and the state Legislature to pass a “Five Off, Credit On” bill, which would require electric companies to credit residents one month’s worth of electricity for every five days without power.

“It has been frustrating to still see complete neighborhoods in darkness and electrical debris on the streets 10 days after the storm,” Bollwage said. “Under this proposed legislation, residents can at least know that their electric company will be working at full capacity and that they will receive something for the inconvenience.”

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