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Sumter, Wimberly, Green & Garcia Legislation to Require Generators in Apartment Buildings Clears Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Benjie Wimberly, Jerry Green and Carmelo Garcia to ensure that residents of multiple-unit housing facilities have power during emergencies was approved Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-864) would require newly-constructed multiple dwellings with 25 or more residential units to install standby generators to provide electricity during an emergency. The generators would be reserved for emergency use when needed to protect the general health, safety and welfare of residents during a continued power outage.

"The loss of electricity during an emergency is far from a mere inconvenience. In high-rise buildings that depend on elevator service as an accessible means of egress, for example, electricity is essential, especially for seniors and residents with disabilities," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, it's critical that we're proactive about implementing measures that will ensure public safety."

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