Unhappy NJ Utility Company Customers Want to Switch

An enclave of JCP&L customers is still in the dark while their surrounding Orange and Rockland-powered neighbors got relief right away

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    In Ringwood, N.J., an enclave of Jersey Central Power and Light customers is still in the dark, while their surrounding Orange and Rockland-powered neighbors have had their power on for days. Katy Tur reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011)

    In Ringwood, N.J., an enclave of Jersey Central Power and Light customers is still in the dark, while their surrounding Orange and Rockland-powered neighbors have had their power on for days.

    It's the fourth night in the dark for JCP&L customer Michael Ardito, who has been running his generator day and night since Saturday, costing him an estimated $70 a day.

    Ardito said his neighbors powered by Orange and Rockland seemed to get relief right away. He said he saw trucks from Indiana in the area, bringing in out-of-state crews for repairs.

    A spokesperson for JCP&L said the company hopes to get power back to 95 percent of its households by Thursday and that crews were doing their best.

    "Someone should tell JCP&L their best isn't good enough," Ardito said.

    But some Orange and Rockland customers weren't faring much better. The Polster family in nearby Oakland has been spending most of their day in a nearby pizzeria, doing homework and waiting for the power at their home to come back on.

    Ardito said he wanted to have his power supplied and serviced by Orange and Rockland like his neighbors. But JCP&L said they own the land Ardito lives on and it has no plans of selling it.