Stack calls for utilities to notify towns of power shutoffs

UNION CITY – Following the death of a Newark woman in hospice care after PSE&G shut off her electricity, State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack has called for PSE&G to notify municipalities of pending, non-emergency shut offs.
“It is an absolute tragedy that a grandmother lost her life because her electricity was shut off and she was unable to use her oxygen tank,” stand said. “Municipalities are in a position to assist residents, either through their own resources or through social service agency resources. This should never occur because a resident got behind on her payments.”
Stack has sponsored state Senate bill S-2477, which requires utilities providing electric, gas, or water services to notify the mayor, chief law enforcement officer, and health officer, in writing, at least 21 days prior to a non-emergency shut off. This would allow municipal officials, if needed, to intervene.
“I have pleaded with PSE&G for over 20 years to change their policies and work with municipalities to prevent unnecessary shut offs,” Stank said. “Residents, especially the most vulnerable, must be protected to ensure that tragedies like this do not continue to occur. My heart goes out to Linda Daniel’s family, who watched her needlessly suffer.”