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A Message From Mayor Subrizi

With Borough Hall still without power and internet service, Mayor Subrizi wants to thank all those who helped pull New Milford safely through the storm.

I want to express my thanks, on behalf of the entire council and all the residents, to the first responders. In some cases that was the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Police Auxiliary or your neighbor. New MIlford has always been the community that pulls together. We are resilient and we will recover from this. It will take time and patience.  

Our first goal is to make sure everyone is safe. No one has been injured, or worse, and for that we are blessed. The second goal is to restore power to all. That may take some time. Please be prepared to be out of power for a week. We hope it will be shorter, but you should be prepared for longer.

Even though we still have communication problems in the Borough, and not everyone has internet all the time, we have been able to get information out on New Milford Patch as one way to keep our residents informed on what is going on.  

I find my phones and internet are working at times, and at times it seems like I am cut off.  The Borough server is still not operating, so I am working from my annsubrizi@aol.com address for anyone who needs to reach me.

Mayor Ann Subrizi

Lisa November 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
What can we do about Welsh Farms being the only store open and charging $18.99 for water?
Jody Seifert November 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM
On Tuesday AM (day after the storm) a cup of coffee at Welsh Farms (corner of Henley & River Rd) was $1.50 and the continuous line was outside the store door. On Wednesday AM the price of the same size cup rose to $2.00. Two employees behind the counter were questioned and the answer was the price was the decision of the boos.
Jody Seifert November 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
should read "decision of the boss".
the education of 42 November 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Maybe the boss should be deported
Ann Piccirillo November 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Chief Papapietro had officers visit Welsh Farms to remind them that they could not engage in price gouging. If you have any receipts showing price gouging, please submit them to the NMPD.
Carlos morales November 01, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Any one know the exact reason why new Milford has no power ?? I went around town and didn't see any wires down so why no power? It gets fustrating when other towns have sustained power and we are left in the dark (I.E. Paramus, Hackensack,etc....)
the education of 42 November 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
You know, Carlos, I think that if we want the lights back on, someone needs to put a full court press on PSE&G. The County Executive, our Assembly person, in Trenton, and pehaps Scott Garrett need to be notidied, and get the wick turned up on these guys. I'm not sure about you, but I'm old, cold, and in the dark. Our local officials need to lean into PSE&G, and if they can't, then get someone who can.
Carlos morales November 01, 2012 at 09:08 PM
So I figured I'd call PSE&G and see what they had to say.... At first they said the power was already back on ( it isn't) and then they told me before 11/05/2012 midnight the power would be back on ... When I asked why, I was put on hold... When the rep came back, he told me now its till 11/09/2012... I can't help but feel this is just not right... I still have not gotten a straight answer, which is all I am looking for.... Why is our power out? And if its because of the storm blowing down some trees and flooding then why does Bergen mall and garden state mall have power and my house doesn't? All I want is an answer to justify why our houses are not considered a priority but the malls are...
Ann Piccirillo November 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There are definitely wires down, especially where the big trees fell. On Boulevard, around Center, Trenton, Graphic, Henley, River Road--and many, many more.
Ann Piccirillo November 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
As of this morning, Riverside Square was still closed b/c of no power and GSP had limited stores open, though they were giving free ice and water outside of Macy's.
Donna Colucci November 01, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I heard the malls were open limited as well, and they had charging stations for people to charge their phones.
NewMilfordResident64 November 01, 2012 at 11:53 PM
We have a tree laying across wires since the storm. police cars called the night of the storm came quickly and noted it. PSE&G sent a truck the next day and put up caution tape a few hours later 2 more trucks came and looked at it and made notes. Wednesday a truck stopped by and my husband spoke with the driver who made notes and said it would be at least 4-7 days. We are lucky it's just power unlike so many others but the tree is blocking the street so God forbid an emergency vehicle needs to get through. The issue I have is a neighbor called PSE&G today for an update and they said they have no record of a line down on our street so they added us to the list but not to expect power until Nov. 9. What is unacceptable is how is it there is no record...
Carlos morales November 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Newmilfordresident64 that is exactly the point in trying to bring up... I still have not gotten an exact reason why the south western part of new Milford is in the dark. Tell me it's because the power station got flooded, I'll be happy... Tell me it's because of the downed tree you wrote about, I'll be happy... But no one seems to know why we are in the dark and to be honest if no one knows why the power is not on I have a feeling we will be without power for more time than I think we need to be necessary.
Ann Piccirillo November 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
That's right, Jimmy. You need to save your receipt and submit it to the NMPD in order for any price gouging to be reported.
Celeste Scavetta November 02, 2012 at 03:37 AM
NewMilfordResident64 -- Mabie Street lost a large tree with most of the blocks power at 3 PM on Monday. Yes... before the storm hit (most likely due to overly saturated earth). I called within a half hour. I was told a truck would be there within the hour. ONLY folks that came out were NMPD to put up yellow caution tape. DPW seemed to have moved the part of the tree in the street, but still totally entwined with our precious power lines. It's a tad irksome to see malls open and PSE&G trucks lined 15? deep on Graphic -- and we are powerless. In more ways than one. So reporting early meant nothing. This is doing to be a long, cold, powerless haul. Good luck folks!
Nicholas D'Amelio November 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
First I want to thank the New Milford Police Department for keep us safe and helping the citizens of New Milford during this storm. I just wanted to add my two cents about what I experiences this past week. I went down to the police station and ask if anyone knew what the problems were and when the power would return. The office on duty said that they did not have any information. It appears that PS&G does not share information with the town or the police department; the one question I have is, how could any police chief in any town know how to staff and deploy his office without knowing what the extent and the duration of a black out is going to be. With out good information the chief would have to assume worst case scenarios, which then puts a strain on our first responders. New Milford has one of the finest police departments as far as I am concerned. I just think these officers and the town have the right to expect better communications and more transparence from PSE&G. Our governor said the other day that we should know what is going on so that we could plan and make intelligent decisions. I do not think this is asking too much of PSE&G. This has been an on going problem with PSE&G and they have not done anything to improve their communication to there customers or to the towns that they server. Sometimes I think they do not realize there job is not only power reiteration but the safety and wellbeing of the people they serve
Celeste Scavetta November 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Amen Nicholas! I was highly upset to be given two totally inconsistent sets of information.

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