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Newark Seniors, Residents Still Suffering From Devasting Effects of Sandy: No Power

Newarkers caring for Senior Citizens Post Hurricane Sandy at Casa Mia.

As Hurricane Sandy now is already a week old parts of Newark are still suffering from this devastating storm - many still without basic services such as electric, heat and hot water.

At the epicenter for many in Newark is Casa Mia, a six story senior citizen building without any of those basic services we all take for granted. Tonight a team of locals lead by Newark officer Tony Gonzalez dropped off some basic items food, water to the seniors who many of them have nothing to eat or drink. Among those dropping in were North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and State Senator Teresa Ruiz. Ruiz wanted to thank everyone in the community who has been lending a helping hand and applauded the community for volunteering during this crisis.

Many in the teams that were asked to disperse through the dark building and knock on the doors to see who would like a fresh cooked meal were youngsters some were from a local boy scout troupe and locals in the community.

Michael Giordano was one of those. Giordano said," As a student of First Avenue School, I have learned the importance of giving back." 

A resident from down the street on Summer Ave. Carmen Rodriguez was very upset and found it unacceptable after eight days with no power and asked why the politicians aren't over by her block seeing how everyone is doing.

Gonzalez reflected on the day: "As I drive home tonight I can only think about the senior citizens that we help tonight. I can only think of them because it's a cold cold night how are they going to make this night no electricity no heat no hot water nobody there to protect. So tonight when you go to bed Say extra prayer for their protection and that their heart may just be a little warmer. I must say when I'm with them I don't hear1 complaint and I think you would all agree they probably have it the worse. So as you lay your head on your pillow please consider helping us to help them I promise you you would get a lot more in return we need help please. Have a good night and may God bless us all."

If you would like to help,with monies or food, you can email me here and I will pass it on to Officer Tony Gonzalez.

A post note: as we were leaving a huge generator arrived!

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Occupy Central Ward November 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The Newark Municipal Concil should pressure both Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie to pressure Ralph LaRoussa and Ralph Izzo of PSE&G. ItThey should be held accountable for letting parts of the city stay in the dark and in the cold.
Occupy Central Ward November 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM
PSE&G's news on outages is misleading. There are still people in the Central and West Ward without power. If you still do not have any power, residents should not pay any additional electric bills. PSE&G will be sued by residents who does not have any power. Any updates they report on outages is misleading and false. Any residents who has no power from Wednesday to Friday of this week, should not only sue for damages but stand up and refuse to pay anymore charges. PSE&G should be a shame of themselves. For over 100 years you provided customers with energy and now you are misleading the public. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has over 10 million complaints about the sloppy work that PSE&G is doing. PSE&G's reputation is tarnished and should be held accountable.
A. Newarker November 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Seems that the Councilman and state Senator forgot that another senior citizen's building was without electricity and heat - 505 Mt. Prospect Avenue - in the heart of the North Ward. This was suppose to be the voting site of the 16th district but had to be moved to 595 Mt. Prospect at the last minute. Interestingly neither elected official ever appeared at the old or new site.. .
Occupy Central Ward November 07, 2012 at 07:03 PM
It's a shame that PSE&G is seriously misleading customers. Since 11/4, they restored less than 100,00 customers per day. If you see the website, they only restored 54,000 on 11/4 and 99,000 on 11/5. On 11/6 things picked up when they restored 119,600 customers. Yesterday, they only restored 35,020 customers. The biggest thing about this is that they are not telling where the restorations have been completed. Misleading? Yes. I do not think that PSE&G is capable of telling the truth because they're using these figures to impress politicians so they can try to impress us. If you're not going to be truthful about power restoration, then be quiet. My suggestion: Do not pay any utility charges from PSE&G.
Steve Sacco November 10, 2012 at 06:03 AM
We are currently looking to have a meeting with Oem people, pseg etc.

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