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UPDATE: PSE&G Misses Target, Most Remain Without Power in Ridgewood

The utility said it expected total restoration in Ridgewood on Saturday and the target has now been pushed back to Monday. Glen Rock also has a new target.

UPDATE: PSE&G Misses Target, Most Remain Without Power in Ridgewood

Public Service said they expected 100 percent of Ridgewood customers to have power by Sunday, a claim met with heavy skepticism from local officials. By Sunday, more than 6,000 ratepayers in Ridgewood are still without relief.

According to a new work schedule released by the governor's office just before Sunday morning, 66 percent of Ridgewood's 10,255 customers remain in the dark.

PSE&G says in the document it should have around 3,059 customers back up by the end of Sunday and the remaining 3,399 fully restored by end of day Monday.

In a statement accompanying the work schedule, PSE&G said they're primarily focused on prioritizing repairs to get the largest amount of customers up first.

"While the boxes marked with an "x" indicate that there will be significant activity and progress made in specific towns, it does not guarantee that every customer's service will be restored," the utility said. "It should be regarded as a guide. This storm event and our work to assess, repair and restore power is a fluid situation. Plans may change and resources may be redirected given unexpected damage and conditions."

The posted work schedule shows 80 percent of Glen Rock's 4,573 households are without power; none are expected to see restoration on Sunday. PSE&G claims about 1,650 are expected back up on Monday and another 1,850 on Tuesday.

PSE&G workers were out with borough DPW employees de-electrifying lines on Saturday to clear trees and restore circuits.

The PSE&G work schedule has been made available to the public after Governor Chris Christie on Saturday heaped heavy criticism on the state's utilities, saying they lacked transparency and accountability.

Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn couldn't agree more.

He and many village residents have reached their boiling point, he said.

"PSE&G's slow, often confused response to our repeated requests has been outrageously bad and completely inexcusable," Aronsohn told Patch prior to the release of the new work schedule. He called the Saturday restoration projection "overly-optimistic" and "unrealistic."

Only Teaneck, Hackensack, Fair Lawn and Fort Lee have more PSE&G customers without power in Bergen County than Ridgewood, according to the latest workforce schedule.

This report was last updated at 12:37 p.m. Sunday to include PSE&G's statement.

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