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Letter to the Editor: JCP&L Partner Helps Hotel After Storm

Alliance Power helps the Grand Summit get back on its feet after Sandy.

To:  Donald M. Lynch, President JCP&L
From:  Mark Giangiulio, General Manager, The Grand Summit Hotel
RE:  Alliance Power Group, LLC

I am writing to inform you of a very positive experience with one of your subcontractors, Alliance Power, LLC.  This company went our of our way to restore power to our hotel after the devastating storm.  Having experienced numerous outages from various storms throughout the country (Andrew, Diana, Hugo) I am quite familiar with process.  

In this instance, our power was affected by two downed poles, transformers and lines.  Alliance coordinated the repairs with JCP&L by securing the necessary supplies and immediately beginning the work.  Within hours the poles were installed and by 11P.M. power was fully restored.  The level of professionalism exhibited by Mr. Todd Egan (owner) and Jeremy (crew foreman) was unparalleled.  It is both comforting and reassuring to know that JCP&L has such great partners to assist small businesses in getting re-opened during these times of crisis.

I have been extremely critical of your company in the past and I know that you have had challenges with recent storms and power restoration in NJ.  You have formed a great partner with Alliance and should be commended for finding a company of their caliber to assist you with servicing your customers.

Feel free to share this with Mr. Egan and use it as a testimonial to provide your customers.  If you have any further questions or comments regarding my recent experience feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mark Giangiulio
General Manager
The Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Chefron November 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Glad to here it, but what of the 1000's of Summit residents who remain without power going into day 9. Who is representing us. A call to the mayor reveals that she is not up to the task. JCP&L spin doctors have convinced our mayor that posted restoration figures are fact. Anyone notice that no work was done yesterday, and that no workers are in the field? Mayor Dickson does not believe that it is her role to challenge them, and hold them accountable. Funny that former mayor Glatt didn't subscribe to that belief, and was a vocal advocate for Summit after last years storm. Without an advocate at town hall, we're left no choice but to fend for ourselves. Anyone interested in starting an ad hoc committee to turn the screws on JCP&L, feel free to contact me. My position is not to shame the mayor. Her passive neglect speaks for itself. I just want clear information re: what work is being done and by whom. The mayor states that her priority are the schools, which, with the exception of two are in session and accommodating displaced students. The mayor fails to realize that many of the students are going home to cold homes. If Summit residents don't wake up now, lets see how everyone feels this weekend, when its projected that at least 1000 JCP&L Summit customers will still be without power. Feel free to call mayor Ellen Dickson @ 908-277-9420 to voice your concern.
T Durden November 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
...this is what we get electing someone that viewed the job as a stepping stone to some grander political aspiration....as the kids say today, epic fail....how about another voicemail repeating what we can all read on first energy's intertube site....up to the task? jimmminy crickets...sad....did you say 2 schools don't have power yet but they are having school anyway?...i'm a mouth breather but even that makes no sense. ...good luck all withies nor'easter .... back to project...
R. Keyes November 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Lack of power for over 7 days is incredibly frustrating. However, even more so, is the lack of communication about power restoration. I too have lost faith in Summit's representation to JCP&L. I was told that they mayor was told by Gov.Christe to not put pressure on JCP&L.
Chefron November 08, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Read between the lines (see T. Durden post) She has every reason to not step on the Gov's toes. Smells funny to me. Doesn't sound like something he would say. Maybe a nicely worded query to the Gov, just to verify this, is in order.
M. Reinebach November 08, 2012 at 03:58 AM
We pay too high taxes for this to keep going on.?this is inhumane! Watch out for the local elections! We are leaving summit as soon. As we can.
Gloria M Ron-Fornes November 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Totally agree.....happy that the hotel is up and running ....but many families are now on day 10 - including mine - with no visible sign of any work to get us back up soon.
Harry Olsen November 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Nice for the hotel but how did it help out during the storm --- by requiring all guests to pay for 3 nites minimum. So if you got power back and went home after one nite you still paid for three.Nice for profitting from the storm but unfairly taking advantage of those hurt by the storm---Thanks a lot Grand Summit for screwing your neighbors.
AStar Gazer November 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Is it true that Ellen Dickson arranged free rooms at the Grand Summit for some of her friends?
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