SANDY UPDATES: Schools Closed, SAT Testing Canceled in Teaneck

Massive outages continue, police headquarters opened as charging station.

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Friday updates: 

5 p.m.: Power is reportedly coming back online to some areas of Teaneck. Officials say an area east of the train tracks could be back online within hours. Read more here. 

8:51 a.m.: The Teaneck Library and Rodda Center remain closed. 

Thursday updates: 

6:48 p.m.: SAT testing set for Saturday in Teaneck has been canceled and no new date has been set yet, according to a township alert. The Board of Education announced schools would be closed Friday. 

9:20 a.m.: Power outages remain, but some local businesses are open. Click for a list and share any open local businesses in the comments. All town offices are closed, but residents can charge phones at the police station. 

Wednesday updates: 

10:40 p.m.: Power has been restored to some areas of Teaneck, however, more than 10,000 customers are still without service, PSE&G reported late Wednesday.

There were differing estimates for when service could be fully restored in Teaneck. 

In an e-mail to residents, Councilman Elie Y. Katz said PSE&G told him it could be three to six days until service is restored. A township statement said service would likely be restored in up to five days. 

"Our best forecast as of now is that we will have virtually all of our impacted customers restored to service within the next seven to 10 days. There may still be isolated pockets of customers who have individual flooding or downed line issues that may take slightly longer," according to a statement from company spokeswoman Karen Johnson. 

Hackensack was the only other Bergen County town to show more than 10,000 without power, according to PSE&G's outage map Wednesday night. 

On a lighter note, the son of Teaneck's mayor was born during Hurricane Sandy. Click to read the full story. 

1:32 p.m.: Teaneck public schools will be closed Thursday, the district announced. Much of the town remained without power Wednesday afternoon. 

1:04 p.m.: Both of FDU's New Jersey campuses will be closed through Sunday at 3 p.m., the University said today. 

"All classes and activities are canceled. We ask that students not already on campus and non-essential personnel refrain from coming to campus," according to an FDU alert. 

11:00 a.m.: Residents can charge cell phones 24-hours a day at Teaneck Police Headquarters at 900 Teaneck Road, the township said. Teaneck officials released the following statement this morning: 

All fee and time limit restrictions in all municipal parking lots and all time-limit restrictions on any street. Normal parking restrictions will resume on Monday, November 5th at 12:00 a.m. The Building Department is performing damage assessments on homes that were struck by trees and assorted debris.

In addition, Department employees are performing a town-wide assessment in order to locate unreported damage.

Residents may recharge cell phones at Teaneck Police Headquarters at 900 Teaneck Road, 24 hours a day, until power is restored.

Fourth-quarter taxes were due on November 1st. However, as a result of the power outage, fourth-quarter taxes will now be due on the first day the Township opens for business after power is restored. Residents will have ten (10) days from that date to pay their taxes without penalty.

10:52 a.m.: Power is back on in some areas of Teaneck, including around the Glenpointe hotel complex. PSE&G's outage map, however, still showed more than 10,000 customers without power as of Wednesday morning. 

As a reminder, Teaneck officials are urging residents to stay indoors and not venture out after dark for trick-or-treating. The Cedar Lane Halloween event is cancelled for today. 

"We will reschedule as soon as power is up and streets are cleared of downed wires and trees," e-mails Karen Careccio, chair of the Cedar Lane Management Group. 

Gas stations on Teaneck Road have long lines backing out onto the street. 

Tuesday updates: 


9:30 p.m.: A Teaneck police officer was injured when a tree limb crashed into his patrol car Monday. Click for the full report. 

9:05 p.m.: The Glenpointe Marriott was evacuated after the hotel's generator power failed, staff confirmed. The Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, police and fire department responded to help clear guests. Emergency workers carried some guests down the stairs from upper floors, including those with life-sustaining equipment. 

A hotel staffer said workers were trying to repair the generator, but there was no estimate on when power would be restored. 


8:50 p.m.: Teaneck's police chief is asking parents to keep kids indoors on Halloween. If kids must go out, the chief is urging parents to stay close to home and take precautions to avoid any hidden power lines, including to use a flash light. Motorists should also take it slow and avoid traveling, if possible. 

PSE&G reported more than 10,000 customers in Teaneck still in the dark Tuesday night. 

3:02 p.m.: Public Service Electric and Gas has begun repair work in Teaneck, but outages could continue for at least a week as crews deal with scores of downed trees and limbs. 

The utility company was working Tuesday afternoon to repair a main electric line near Teaneck Road and Cedar Lane, according to Township Manager William Broughton. 

Unlike Irene, the area's power substations did not flood, Broughton said. Most of the local outages were caused by high winds snapping trees. 

Other PSE&G substations were flooded by storm surge along the Passaic, Hudson and Raritan Rivers, according to a company statement. 

A total of 123 trees were down across town, Broughton said. The DPW has been working nearly non-stop to clear streets. Ten crews were on the street, including outside contractors to help in tree removal efforts. 

Most of the town's roadways were open, although traffic lights were mostly out at busy intersections. Queen Anne Road, south of Cedar Lane, was blocked by a fallen tree. 

Holy Name Medical Center was working on a generator, the hospital said in a statement. Elective medical procedures had been cancelled, but the emergency department was fully functional. 

Tonight's council meeting would continue as planned with a small generator brought in to power recording equipment used at the meeting, Broughton said from the darkened town hall. 

A determination would be made later on whether to open town offices, Broughton said between handing out meeting agenda's and fielding questions from a few residents who stopped by town hall. 

He urged residents to stay away from downed wires and stay off the roads.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.


1:25 p.m.: Teaneck public schools will be closed Wednesday, the township announced today.

The district closed Monday and Tuesday after Gov. Christie urged all New Jersey schools to close due to the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Sandy. 

Much of Teaneck remained without power after the storm struck the area, downing trees and leading to blocked roads.

10:50 a.m.: It appears that most of Teaneck is without power. Traffic lights are out at all major intersections and numerous trees are down. Township DPW crews are already out clearing debris. Most businesses are closed across the town. 

PSE&G said Sandy was the largest storm in company history, knocking out power to more than 1.2 million customers statewide. Power substations were flooded by storm surge along the Passaic, Hudson and Raritan Rivers. 

The company's chief executive, Ralph LaRossa, said this morning that power could be out for more than seven days. Urban areas were especially hard hit from flooded substations. 

Teaneck firefighters knocked down an electrical fire at River Road and North Street Monday night, authorities said late Monday. A lawn caught fire from downed power lines. There no immediate reports of any injuries. 


Monday Updates:

8:05 p.m Update: PSE&G is now reporting between 5,001 and 10,000 customers without power in Teaneck. 

7:20 p.m. Update: Widespread power outages are being reported in the southeast part of town, including the Glenpointe Complex and Degraw Avenue near Teaneck Road.

6:13 p.m. Update: Police and firefighters are responding to several reports of wires down and at least one reported transformer explosion on Bogert Street. The Glenpointe complex also briefly lost power. 

In a briefing Monday evening, Bergen County's emergency management director said winds are expected to increase after midnight and could pose the greatest danger through 3 a.m. Tuesday. 

PSE&G is reporting between 2,001 and 5,000 customers out in Teaneck. 

4:30 p.m. Update: There have been no storm-related injuries treated at Holy Name Medical Center's emergency room, a spokeswoman told Patch. Meanwhile, Route 4 westbound remains closed near Webster Avenue because of a downed tree. 

3:36 p.m. Update: A downed tree has forced the closure of Route 4 westbound, near Webster Avenue, the state transportation department reports. 

3:07 p.m. Update: High winds are pushing into the Teaneck-area. The National Weather Service has warned gusts could reach 80 mph. 

2:41 p.m. Update: PSE&G is now reporting up to 2,000 customers without power in Teaneck. 

2:34 p.m. Update: PSE&G says flooding is not impacting the New Milford electric substation, which powers sections of Teaneck. 

"We do have a mobile substation in place in case we have issues with the station," company spokeswoman Deann Muzikar said. 

In Teaneck, up to 500 customers are without power, the company reported. Authorities have been responding to reports of wires downed by branches and some small electrical fires.

1 p.m. Update: All township offices are now closed. Non-emergency calls should be directed to the police desk at 201-837-2600. Teaneck Public Schools will also be closed Tuesday. 

11:58 a.m. Update: Holy Name Medical Center says it is stocked up on supplies and ready for the storm. The hospital has activated its emergency plan, according to a statement. 

"As the hurricane approaches, we want to reassure the community that Holy Name will remain open and operational. The Medical Center has made comprehensive preparations and taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and security of our patients and staff," the statement said. "In the event of a power failure, Holy Name’s generators will ensure continued operation."

11:49 a.m. Update: The National Weather Service is reporting 39 mph wind gusts at Teterboro Airport. 

11:30 a.m. Update: A county-run shelter at Bergen Community College will open at noon, officials said Monday. 

The shelter can house those with special needs and pets, according to the county executive's office. Officials reminded residents to bring clothes and medications, and bring a carrier case for pets. 

Meanwhile, sections of Teaneck, Bogota and Hackensack were already beginning to flood late Monday morning. Flooding was reported on Pomander Walk and Riverview Avenue near the Hackensack River. 

Up to 500 PSE&G customers were without power in Teaneck, the company reported. Hurricane Sandy is expected to slam the area through tonight. Officials have warned that high winds could pose the greatest risk to the area. 


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Teaneck_Resident November 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Bill- that is typical of pseg. Yeah they are working all night long...yeah right.
Alise Renee November 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM
How do u get thru to the town to report the township tree down on your property along with the wiring from poles? This is absolutely ridiculous that this town has such poor communication services or backup plan for a disaster such as this. They all need to be fired for incompetency. People on lines for gas like this is the great depression. No police with bullhorns riding thru neighborhoods to let residents know anything. Horrible absolute waste of my 14,000 in property tax payment!
Alise Renee November 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
And why is the crowne plaza in englewood charging you 140$ for a room without heat or power But hot water?
Alise Renee November 01, 2012 at 05:40 PM
And PSEG called to see if i had power this am? You mean you dont know who has power or not? No i dont have power and your wires are on my lawn tied up in the towns tree that uprooted! Im so angry that simple common sense actions are not being taken that could make this extremely difficult time for everyone at least a lil smoother.
Kelly lee November 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Has anyone driven by Queen Anne and Cedar Lane, and seen if the traffic lite is on?
zizi November 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Unlike Irene, the area's power substations did not flood, Broughton said. Most of the local outages were caused by high winds snapping trees. We should get rid of all these giant trees that cause so much trouble, property damage and loss of life every time there is a storm. No more planting trees that can grow more than 10 feet tall.
zizi November 01, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Alise Renee: Teaneck sucks.......
Teaneck_Resident November 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Zizi I agree 100 %year with you. All these monster size trees have to go. I think it's time to force the township to cut them down. As for the PD not going up streets and letting people know what is going on. Why would they do that? Everyone including the broke elderly must have an phone with data..right? This town is a total waste of money. Fire all the township managers Nd hire someone who has a partial working brain cell.
Alise Renee November 01, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@ teaneck resident -everyones cell phone is not working,people are conserving usage as well b/c charging it is also a concern. The point of the police or emergency forces doing that is COMMUNICATION! How are the elderly to know that the police station or GSP has charging stations. I had to drive over to my coworkers sisters house to check on her b/c he has not been able to get her on the phone since this started. Someone is going to die alone, in the cold, in the dark before any sense occurs to anyone that this town is not managed or operating effectively. I still dont know who to call about the towns tree thats blocking my front door and tangled in pseg's wires on the ground. Whats teanecks services during this time. NONE!
janu November 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
i agree 100% about cutting all those old trees..its about time when township need to spend some money and be worth of our property taxes of around 1000 per month..
zizi November 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
@Teaneck_Resident. I agree with you. We need to merge the township with other towns that do a better job than this sorry town of Teaneck. We have 54 employees at public works department... I have not seen a single one in my neighborhood in three days. Where are they? Trees are down... streets are blocked...... it is amazing how these people keep their jobs? Fire all the township red tape..... no questions asked.
DickBurns November 01, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Where is PSE&G? I have not seen one PSE&G truck since the power went out. Part of Queen Anne Road is still closed with downed wires. When will PSE&G start work in Teaneck?
zizi November 01, 2012 at 06:39 PM
@janu: Cutting down the giant trees can in fact bring some revenue. Let us open a public tender to all lumber companies to come and harvest what they can from Teaneck and provide much needed financial resources.
teanecksam November 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
tweet your frustration to pseg customer service @psegcares
Dan B November 01, 2012 at 07:34 PM
does anyone know if areas of sussex road have power? if so..between which blocks?
Dan JCP November 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
People i know on herrick south of cedar and on highland have power. as of an hour ago, nothing on cedar lane. pls whoever drives by cedar post here if you see lights
New Teaneck Resident November 01, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The traffic light at W. Englewood Ave and Sussex was working at around noon today. As far as I can tell, none of the houses on any of the surrounding streets have power and PSEG is not providing any updates or offering any information. But yeah, they're doing an awesome job.
Carlton Terrace November 02, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Are PSE&G asleep? I haven't spotted them in Teaneck. Where is this clock around which they are working? Shameful! We didn't have significant flooding. No blown up transformers. What is taking so long?
Alise Renee November 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Where the hell is pseg..teanecks dpw..and the non seen management of this town! Ive seen more police officers in bergenfield managing the 5hr line for gas than ive seen on teanecks streets all week! If this foolishness continues they all have no one to blame but themselves when residents start acting out of frustration. 14,000 in property taxes for incompetent dereliction of duties!
J November 02, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Who determines the priority zones? You know why schools are still closed? Because there have been no pseg trucks working in those areas - there are still streets near Teaneck high that are blocked with trees and or power lines - where are the updates from the town? This is a great blog but not a replacement for official communication from the town - where is the deputy mayor and town council? Why are they not sending out daily communications on timing - #bigletdownTneck
Dan JCP November 02, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I have to agree with you J. Elie Katz has a museum in his own honor on W. Englewood Ave (not joking), so where's his official statements? where's his blog? He put out one statement yesterday that basically parroted what PSEG said. Teaneck runs on Katz was his slogan in the election, nope, we'd rather run on gas and electric.
Dan JCP November 02, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Didn't meant to single out Katz but he's the most publicity seeking out of them all. But would also be nice to see Mayor Hameeduddin put out a statement. And what about Lorretta Weinberg, her office is on Cedar Lane. She should be raising a fuss about this.
JamesTS November 02, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Dan JCP. serious question: what do you want them to say? Do you REALLY think Katz or the Mayor can do anything about this? Have you noticed it is a MUCH bigger problem. We are not talking about hte Mayor of New York or Christie. Teaneck means NOTHING to PSEG. Statements and small town politics will do nothing. I did read todays Patch story about Christie bringing more workers. Thats a good step. But its a much bigger problem then just Teaneck. Millions of people are impacted. THis is a problem with PSEG and the state and federal govt who oversee them. Wishful thinking that Teaneck's council can do anything about that one!! People on the Jersey Shore lost EVERYTHING. A 2 year old in New York is dead. There are much bigger problems happening right now. YOu need to read up more.
Dan JCP November 02, 2012 at 03:30 AM
JamesTS I realize they are mostly powerless in this activity, but they can at least be more vocal. Did you see the tongue-lashing the boro Pres of Staten Island gave to the Red Cross while Schumer and Gillebrand were standing behind him. That's sure to get noticed. Obv we're not in nearly as much pain as those who lost everything, but the council members should show outrage. They seem like good guys but when they inundate us with placards every election, I expect more from them. What got me upset actually was the pathetic statement Katz had earlier today. If he can't give real statistics then don't say anything. and it is ridiculous for a living person, especially one under 40 yrs old to name a museum after himself, can you disagree?
JamesTS November 02, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I have no idea about this museum. Sounds funny to me!! I heard he made a "Teaneck Museum" but really dont know. The Council cannot do anything really in emergencies. THey are just making laws, holding meetings. They have very little power. Maybe Loretta Weinberg because she is in Trenton. I must say I am very impressed with Gov. Christie (did not vote for him). I think he is the only politician taking action but you know he has to go to the worst place like Jersey Shore and today in Little Ferry. Maybe everyone should write to him and Weinberg? Council people are too small time for this problem.
Dan JCP November 02, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I agree about Christie. I like him except for when he calls people numbnuts and threatens 80 yr old women with baseball bats. And he got the photo op of a century today with those ladies crying to him. I think Rush and the conservative media are crazy for saying he's throwing the election to Obama for praising him so much. What's he supposed to do? Sure it's a week b4 the election but he's gotta give proper respect to the pres. for coming down. Here's what I think: Estimates are that it's going to be up to 50 billion in damages. We're having these storms now every year. Is this something that money can prevent? If so, would it be less or more than 50 bill? Whatever the cost is, it's got to be done. I don't know if that's putting electric lines underground or draining resevoirs or heck, seeding the clouds like the russians do, but lets get it done. That's the only tax increase I'd be ok with, if it went specifically towards prevention of this type of disaster.
Dan JCP November 02, 2012 at 03:43 AM
And all i know of the "museum" is that there's a sign in the window of an empty storefront on w. englwood that says The Elie Y Katz Museum of Teaneck. I'd love for someone to shed some light on that. Maybe it is a joke.
shani November 02, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I think everyone needs to start emailing senators and congressman from Teaneck asking them to put more pressure on PSEG...it's the only proactive thing I can think of doing other than trying to cimb up and hook up the power myself...I made the point that its almost third world that my children may have to go two weeks without school, a warm home and a sense of security.
Alise Renee November 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Where is the townships management of this town! I say we protest at the court house to express our frustration with the lack of leadership, communication, and services. Where is PSEG and Teanecks DPW!!! You cant get either one of them on the phone to even report a down tree and wires on my front lawn blocking my front door $14,000 in property taxes and no dam service for it!
Jason Flynn November 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I think having traffic lights out on Cedar Lane, Palisades, Queen Anne days after a storm is inexcusable. I thin having parts of major roads still blocked off, like Queen Anne is rediculous. If everyone knew 3-5 days before the storm that this was much worse than Irene and the October 2011 ice storm, why are we only NOW flying in additional utility trucks and cherry pickers on army cargo jets [I do understand may came in prior to the storm, but the amount estimated to be required was insufficient]? I think Gov. Christie and his administration has been on top of this since day one. Be it telling Atlantic City and other areas to MANDATORY evacuate [never understood "recommended"], I also understand when there are areas along Staten Island, Little Ferry and the Jersey Shore under water or washed away, they MUST get majority of emergency personnel. However, like I mentioned above, I think it is reasonable to expect traffic lights and some minimal clearance of major roads in 3.5 days. On a positive note, I think everyone with power, generator, working heat should take it upon themselves to find 2-3 neighbors without power. Offer a hot shower, place to take a warm nap, make them tea or just put on a children's video for their kids. Why we should expect a lot from our elected officials and our outrageous property taxes, I think we must take it upon oursleves to serve our neightbor to the best of our ability.


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