Caldwell Mayor: Expect Power Any Time Between Now and Monday

A message from Mayor Ann Dassing says PSE&G main transfer station to area was flooded.

Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing released the following message Thursday afternoon:

Dear Caldwell Residents,

During this difficult time we want to assure you all that we have been and will continue to be in constant contact with PSE&G. During the hurricane the main transfer station that services our area, located in the Ironbound section of Newark, was flooded and rendered useless. Subsequent sub stations across the region also were flooded, compounding the delivery of electric power to our streets.

PSE&G is working to restore and rebuild these sub stations and ultimately to return power to our streets. As of this writing, we have had a few streets come back. They are still telling us that anytime between now and Monday, Nov. 5th our power should be restored.

Just today, while participating in a conference call with Governor Christie and President Obama, we learned of an assistance program that is available to our residents through FEMA. To register call 1-800-621-FEMA. Dollars are available for issues that have come up with our residents through the storm.

If you have an emergency, call 911 to report it. If you have a question you can call the Caldwell Police Desk non-emergency number 973-226-2600. Please do not call 911 for non-emergency issues.

In the meantime, the Caldwell Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a warming center. You can also go there and charge your cell phone. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer showers, as we have no hot water. The Caldwell Library is also open and has WiFi service. They will also charge your cell phone for you.

The downtown restaurants and many shops in the area from Forest Ave to approx. Prospect St., are open for business.

Use your gasoline sparingly. Long lines are depleting the supplies of those stations that are open, so only drive when necessary and consolidate trips or carpool if possible. In the conference call today, President Obama confirmed that the federal government is sending 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 250,000 gallons of gasoline to New Jersey to help meet our demands.

For up-to-the-minute news on the restoration of power, go to www.caldwell-nj.com and register your cell phone for text messages and e-mail address for the latest information from Caldwell Town Hall.

Thank you for your continued patience and please feel free to reach out to me at 973-403-4636 with issues that you need addressed.

—Ann Dassing
Mayor, Borough of Caldwell

Powerless in Caldwell November 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM
We need some leaders in North Caldwell. Where is Michael Matarazzo?
Alice November 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Thank you for sharing an update. It is much worse not having any status. Appreciate the communication about power and gas! I have shared it with all Caldwell residents at my firm.
meske November 02, 2012 at 01:50 AM
According to the message I received earlier from the automated system, trash is on for tomorrow.
E.D. November 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Why did we have to wait four days to get this information? The storm was on Monday it's now Thursday and this is the first message from OUR Mayor. God help us! We all know there are gas lines, we're not blind, we all know we have no heat or electric. What we need is leadership. Thank God for the wonderful jobs our police, firefighters (all volunteers) and the volunteers from the West Essex first aid squad. They are to be commended for all there patience. Caldwell council????? No so sure about that. But not to worry Election Day is next week. Only time will tell. Not really impressed with the lines of communication coming from the hill.
YC November 02, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Roseland avenue power outage occurs even if there is a sprinkle outside. PSEG ripping everyone there! How are people suppose to fight 30F temp this weekend??????
Grover November 02, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Agreed. North Caldwell politicians continue to leave their residents in the dark.
CMG November 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
West Csldwell Mayor had been using the Honeywell phone system the school recently adopted to get out info. Thank You to The Patch for keeping us informed & town of West Caldwell that has been keeping us informed since pre-Sandy and in through!!!
Kerry G November 02, 2012 at 01:04 PM
When is Caldwell going to start removing the trees off the roads? We haven't heard or seen any tree removal companies. Is this our job to call the tree service? PSEG has been to our street and said they can't do anything until trees are removed. Please advise, when trying to call the town we cannot get thru.
RM7 November 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Westville Ave/Thomas Street - a tree fell into the cemetery and took down the wires on Thomas and across the street on Westville where they were connected. This happened Monday at probably 7:30-8 PM. There is also two hanging wires on Thomas going towards the middle school. Not 1 PSE&G truck has been on the street. Nothing has been done on Prospect St. either. Jefferson and GCMS are both in the areas directly affected. Power by the November 5? That'll be a miracle.
Cj November 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I heard a couple areas like Hatfield and ARlington have power. There is hope for us
Tracy Herman November 02, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I would really appreciate an update from the mayor of North Caldwell. Any information would be helpful during this difficult time.
Jennifer November 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This morning Pse&g gave me a status of next Friday, November 9th. Hopefully they are being pessimistic.
LP November 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I just tried to ring North Caldwell Mayor Office. Our dude is sleeping at the wheel; his phone won't work and apparently there is nothing he can do per the non emergency police line. Thanks much North Caldwell. Bleed us on taxes, provide no facilities, no library, no reasonable services and now just futz around waiting for the wheels to turn...oh wait, we have a req dept. That's where all my tax dollars go. At least Ms. Dassing is leading the charge and communicating.
LP November 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I would like to know as well. Called the Majors office in North Caldwell and apparently there is nothing he can do. So much for leadership. When is the next election?
Heidi November 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
really?????that will be a miracle!!!!!!....must remove trees for school openings......pseg&G lets get going......crews are supposed to be coming from all over and housed and fed at Fort Momouth......
E.D. November 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yeah, but it took Dassing 4 day to get a voice! Like RM7 said what about the trees. I live right around the corner from where he's talking and Westville is a main road to get around the road dept has been doing all the can but where is the tree contractor the town uses? RM7 is right. It shouldn't be our responsibility to contact PSE&G God knows they have their hands full plus they don't cut trees down. Dassing saying we will have power by Monday is a joke. Can't wait to see how they handle Election Day. This is going to be joke number two. Thanks to all emergency personnel for doing such wonderful jobs. Good luck to all!!
John Loconsolo November 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I don't know about any of you, but I have been getting regular phone calls from the North Caldwell Police Department via nixle. Who cares who delivers the message as long as information is provided. I was told by PSEG that it would be possibly back by Friday of next week as well. Perhaps they are telling Mayor Dassing and other elected officials what they want to hear rather than the bad news that it might take another week like they have been telling their individual customers.
ADRIENNE November 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Caldwell is always the last to come back up in storms. Never see PSE&G trucks in the area after a storm it always takes them days! Poor service in the Caldwell area from PSE&G.
E.D. November 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Isn't it interesting that the taxpayers are able to get information,but the elected town officials can't. Something is wrong with this picture. None of these elected officials want to commit themselves. That includes Dassing! She waited 4 days, and she didn't tell us anything that other residents had already posted. Why aren't the trees being removed so the emergency vehicles can get thru? Are we going to wait for a fire (God forbid) or loss of life before we clear the roads? Dressing can't do anything about Newark, but we did elected her to lead in Caldwell. Maybe her brother who did the snow plowing can cut the trees and still keep it in the family. Poor leadership at its best!!!
LP November 02, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes. Nixle told me that the tree on Mountain Ave was cleared ( after 4 days!) and that we shouldn't ring 9-1-1 with power outage related questions. Go Nixle
Jennifer November 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I just saw Pse&g trucks in the lot off of Smull. I'm hoping they were working and not on a coffee break. It's the first set of trucks I've seen in Caldwell since the storm...
Jennifer November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
They do deserve breaks but I'm just hoping they were working this area!
Caldwell Oldtimer November 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
You ask where is Michael Matarazzo in the context of needing leaders? I wonder why anyone would care where he is. He is not a leader- just another local businessman who is reluctant to return calls. (Guess he has enough customers.) Is he involved in the community in something other than sports? There are plenty of leaders if we look at the people who have already given time and energy to learn about their community.
Caldwell Oldtimer November 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
How true!
ADRIENNE November 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Really where has PSE&G been not in the Caldwell area! Someone needs to look into the poor services that have been provided by PSE&G in the Caldwells. Yes it was a bad storm but their have been service problems in Caldwell for years and it has never been addressed by government officials. Now when a major storm happens the residents see how PSE&G is remain unseen in almost 5 days.
Kerry G November 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
So I call the Caldwell police dept (non emerg number) to ask for status on the tree removal....they told me it's pseg who removes the trees and to call them!? So I do , pseg said that's a lie, the towns DPW has to remove the trees first before they can do anything. pseg has been to our street and said they can't do anything until trees are removed. So what is the truth here? Who's running this clean up? We deserve answers.
Susana November 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
According to the latest update from PSEG they are NOT working in the caldwells this weekend. What are our officials doing. Why isnt anyone doing anything. Pick up a phone and fight for your community. That is what you are paid to do.
John Doe November 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Day 5 ....without power....with the amount of taxes we pay, better information and sevice are required!!
E.D. November 04, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Ok Anne darling! Haven't heard a word from you since Nov. 1st. I take it from that that all is well, the schools are opening tomorrow as YOU stated. Power has been restored and life in Caldwell is back to normal. Haven't seen any updates from you in three days. Life is grand. It would be nice to hear WHICH gas stations will be pumping gas, and what time they are planning to open. Updates on this situation I guess is not a priority either. You could maybe ask one or mor of the other council members to pitch in. Oh yeah! What's the story on voting Tuesday? I guess that's not one of your priorities either since you are not running for re- election. God help us. We have no leadership. Any news from Emergency Management? Or us that for your ears only too? Since most of the taxpayers can't get on the Internet, we can't check the town website but we are able to get on Patch for the VERY LITTLE INFORMATON you have decided to share with us.
E.D. November 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Congrats Ann MOST of the power is on, but still no word from you! Sad. Nothing on voting?, schools opening? When Westville Ave is going to open? So many questions and still no answers. Are you depending strictly on word of mouth. We're waiting to hear the words from your mouth. You are supposed to be the leader. Not the follower!


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