Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, R-Morris, said he appreciates that the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has announced that it will hold one of its initial hearings regarding the widespread power outages as a result of Hurricane Irene in Morris Plains. Bucco, along with his fellow 25th Legislative District representatives Sen. Anthony R. Bucco and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, sent a letter earlier this week to the BPU requesting a Morris County location be a site for one of the hearings.

“I appreciate that Commissioner Solomon and members of the BPU have determined that Morris County will be one of the first locations to conduct a hearing regarding how power outages were handled as a result of Hurricane Irene,” said Bucco. “Residents and officials at both the state and local level need the opportunity to express their concerns and get answers as to what actions were taken by utility companies in resolving the widespread, and in many cases, lengthy loss of electricity.

“We need to have a constructive dialogue between those who were affected and the companies who provide such a critical service,” continued Bucco. “I anticipate the series of hearings will be a learning experience for everyone that can be used when dealing with future power outage issues.”

The hearing in Morris Plains will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.