By Levon Putney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ (WCBS 880) — New Jersey residents got a chance to voice their concerns over how power utilities handled the mass outages across the state after Hurricane Irene.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports 

Residents and town leaders met with power companies Thursday night in Scotch Plains.

Some of the main complaints were about how utilities handled restoring service after the storm knocked out power to nearly a million homes in New Jersey.

PSE&G spokeswoman Karen Johnson says they did good overall.

“But as you can imagine, with 800,000 outages, it was difficult to predict when precisely when an individual may be restored,” said Johnson.

State Public Utilities Board president Lee Solomon says they’re gathering all the feedback to work with utilities on improvements.

“Basically what were the problems, what were the issues and what are the possible remedies,” said Solomon.

Residents will get another chance to speak up next week in Mahwah.