On Long Island, all eyes on PSE&G as blizzard warning announced

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LONG ISLAND (PIX11) – With a snow storm heading our way utility companies are gearing up.

And many are watching PSEG. New Jersey’s largest utility took over Long Island’s electricity January 1st. And on its second day as PSEG Long Island, it will face a major test.

The utility company said in a statement Wednesday, “PSEG Long Island is closely monitoring the track of the first snowstorm of 2014 and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and gusty winds to our service territory.”

More than one million customers on Long Island and the Rockaways will be counting on PSEG Long Island to keep the lights on during the snow storm.

It takes over from the Long Island Power Authority, after LIPA had a series of missteps. LIPA took weeks, even months to get the power back for some customers after Superstorm Sandy. It’s aging infrastructure and lack of transparency angered customers and politicians.

“They’ve gotta be better than LIPA. That was a disaster last year,” Great Neck resident Paul Muller said. He was without electricity for 3 months.

PSEG Long Island said customers should call its service line at 1-800-490-0075 to report downed wires and power outages.