I hope you and your families have stayed safe in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. As powerful winds knocked down trees that brought down our power lines, 75% of Summit residents were left without electricity. I am sad to report that hundreds of households were still without power nearly one week after this storm.

First, I want to thank the tireless efforts of our Police Department, Fire Department, Volunteer First Aid Squad, and Division of Public Works. On top of everything 2020 has presented, they manned darkened intersections to ensure our safe passage on City streets, responded to the urgent needs of both residents and businesses, provided comfort and aid to our most vulnerable neighbors, and have contributed significantly to the hard work of recovery.

It’s now our turn to pick up the baton and work for our community. I believe tremendously in the importance of transparency driving accountability. This most recent power outage is a prime example of where we have fallen short on both those categories. That’s why on Wednesday, August 12th from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM I’ll be hosting an online community forum. In this forum we’ll hear from individuals with experience in this space, assess preparedness plans, look for a multi-pronged approach that includes state and local entities, and ensure transparency of information along the way.  

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We will seek to answer some of the burning questions of the moment. What steps can our City take and what options does our community have for managing storms to come? Is JCP&L the provider we want for the future? Invited guests include current and former elected officials from both state and local government, as well as Summit residents and business owners like you. Summit residents and businesses can share their experiences by sending in their comments and suggestions through the link below. A summary of this community conversation will be delivered during the next scheduled Common Council meeting in September. You can sign up to join this community forum by clicking on this link. 

Unfortunately, we’ve seen these types of outages before and will most likely see them again. However, the response we saw locally this time reminded me why I am running—we need a new voice and a fresh perspective ready to fight for our community. If elected to Council, I will never become complacent and will never stop serving you.

Please stay safe and if you have any questions or ideas to share, you can reach me via email (eileenkelly4council@gmail.com), on my website (eileenkellyforcouncil.com), or through Facebook (facebook.com/eileen4council).

Sincerely,

Eileen Kelly
Candidate for Common Council. Ward 1