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Large Police Presence Keeping Order at Wyckoff Gas Stations

There are long lines and last minute restrictions on the purchase of gas in Wyckoff, where power is still out to more than 90 percent of the town

More than a dozen police officers and township officials were out on the streets of Wyckoff helping local residents in their quest to find fuel as gas shortages have struck across the state in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. 

One gas station's well-known proprietor, Committeeman Kevin Rooney, was pumping gas at his Getty Station Thursday afternoon, but had put restrictions on just who could purchase the coveted commodity.

When the station, which was running on generators, initially opened he allowed only first responders — police, fire, ambulance — and township employees to fill up, Rooney said as he pumped gas into Township Administrator Bob Shannon's SUV.

Rooney, who said he owns 5 gas stations around town, said that many refineries had taken on water, and fuel supplies were an unknown quantity to gas sellers around the state.

As of Thursday afternoon he was allowing only Wyckoff residents with proof of residency to fill up gas cans for their generators, not for vehicles, and had put a max at 10 gallons per family. 

"The gas wouldn't last otherwise," he said.

Gas could be purchased with cash or credit.

The Lukoil station on the corner of Franklin and Godwin avenues had a single line from the entrance at Godwin that stretched down the block a quarter of a mile to Jacqueline Drive and the looped back around to Franklin. 

A large police presence there seemed to be keeping the peace, and officers on scene said all was well despite the hours long wait. 

One woman idling near the front of the half-mile queue said she'd been waiting in line for just over an hour and a half.

Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch Twitter follower adriregojo  said tensions were high outside the gas station, where lines of cars were blocking access to and from Vander Plaat Funeral Home.

"@Wyckoff_Patch got gas Godwin&Franklin people angry&frustrated. Funeral Home hostile, cars keeping them from $$$$," she wrote Thursday afternoon.

Adriregojo said she paid $4.19 per gallon for 93 octane gas.

Another couple waiting on line there was turned away at a tapped-out fueling station elsewhere in Bergen County, but found this LukOil by accident. The Midland Park residents were returning to their Midland Park home, where they were without power since Hurricane Sandy hit earlier this week.

It was unclear just how much gas both service stations had in reserve, but police on scene said the LukOil station had received a delivery at approximately noon on Thursday.

Police were directing traffic at the intersection of Franklin and Wyckoff avenues, at the entrance and exit of the Getty Station on Franklin, as well as at the railroad crossing on Franklin.

Traffic was backed up for a half-mile on Franklin Avenue back to its intersection with Crescent Avenue. Traffic on Crescent Avenue was backed up there south for about two blocks to approximately Harding Road as many commuters tried to make the left onto Franklin Avenue approaching the LukOil gas station.

Township officials also released the following email blast on Thursday afternoon:

  1. Wyckoff residents with generators may fill up their generator gas cans at the Getty station located at 322 Franklin Avenue.  This service is limited to Wyckoff residents only.  Residents with generators who wish to take advantage of this service will be limited to ten (10) gallons of gas per day, which is dependent upon supply for their gas cans.  Wyckoff residents must produce proof of Wyckoff residency.
  2. PSE&G and Orange and Rockland advise us that they continue to repair their substations damaged in the hurricane.  Once this is completed, we have been advised that crews can then be dispatched into neighborhoods to restore power.  Further details will be provided as soon as we have them.

  3. Bergen County has advised us that it has relocated its overnight shelter to the Bergen County Law and Public Safety complex at 281 Campgaw Road, Mahwah. 

  4. Garbage regularly scheduled to be collected on Friday, 11/2/12 will be collected.
  5. Residents who were scheduled for recycling collection this past Tuesday will have their recycling collected on Friday, 11/2/12.

Stay with Wyckoff Franklin Lakes Patch for more on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Todd Graham November 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Although I find it hard to respond to someone who does not use their real name, Lisa Lisa, Mr 927, qdogPa, I am compelled to do so. First, if you object to the fact that someone chooses to provide gas to first responders and other township employees in a time of unprecedented need, then shame on you. These are the same people who responded to over 150 calls within the first 24 hours of the storm hitting, leaving their own families, not knowing if there own homes would be there when they returned. In fact, despite the fact they were called off the roads at the height of the storm, they remained outside responding to those people who had a tree come through their house, or a wire burning on their property. If the town councilman, who's own family serves the town via the ambulance corps, not to mention countless hours of community service over more years than you have been around, chooses to serve the people of Wyckoff first, and that makes you think less of the "community" then I am sorry. I for one, think that the people of this town, and our community are entitled to much more than your self centered rants and whining. For gods sake, Mr927, people within 50 miles have lost loved ones. Mothers have had their children ripped from their arms by floodwaters. Whole communities have been wiped out by fire. I think if you have to wait an extra 20 seconds at a stop sign, you will survive.
robert osieja November 02, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I applaud Mayor Rooney for taking care of Wyckoff residents, when allowing us gas for our generators, I for one won't forget the way he assisted us at a terrible time. I'm sure if other towns, took care of their residents, the way Mayor Rooney did, would they yell and say No, if they received gas 1st for their generators .
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Mr Osieja, if the Paramus Home Depot only sold storm supplies to ONLY Paramus residents, and YOU needed a chainsaw or gas can or generator, but couldn't get it because you are from Wyckoff, i am certain you'd feel differently, 100% certain....Todd, i have no problem serving 1st responders, but then saying Allendale or Mahwah residents can' t have gas, but We Wyckoff residents can smacks of politcal cronyism, sorry
KGB November 02, 2012 at 01:29 AM
There wasn't enough to sell to everybody otherwise he would have! It isn't fair that some of u pack up grandpa and use him to cut gas lines and then complain about the inhumanity when you are denied. If you don't like Wyckoff then get out and take your bad attitude with you.
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Kgb, there wasn't enough generators,nor gas cans,nor other supplies, but those businesses didn't allocate supply by residency...
Robin Brickman November 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Again, I am struck by fact that whiny, selfish comments are submitted by people who hide behind screen names. We were given plenty of notice about the severity and potential impact of Sandy, and rather than focus on the temporary hardship of no power and long gas lines, be thankful that Wyckoff, your home and loved ones were not wiped off the face of the earth as has been the case in so many other communities in Sandy's path. What a positive difference could be made if we spent less time complaining and more time helping our neighbors.
Todd Graham November 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Be fair warned all, there is another major weather event scheduled for next Wednesday. As for you qdogPa, I leave you with the immortal words of Mark Twain. "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Beth Sparozic November 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I am amazed and sad how people turn on one another in our town. Mr. Rooney, works tirelessly to take care of those who live in Wyckoff. He makes sure that those who volunteer in Wyckoff whether it is Ambulance Corp or Fire Department or town employees are set with gas to take care of the residents of Wyckoff and they are complaining???? I just don't get it. My name is Beth Sparozic, I am not afraid to use my real name. I am not a political person and those who know me know I stand up for what I believe is right. My husband and my daughter are EMT's in the town of Wyckoff. If they don't have gas to get to the Ambulance Corp when a resident calls they will not get treatment. Don't you understand that?? Unless tragedy strikes, your family you will never know how important it is for these people to be able to get to the buildings to get in the response vehicles to assist YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! If there is a fire would you like a firemen to say "Sorry, I let some one in front of me to get gas and now there is none in my car so I can't get to the Fire Dept. to get into my Fire Truck and save your house?" Really people???? Mr. Rooney is making sure that every resident is Wyckoff will be safe. That is a kind and generous man who takes his job seriously. If you ever have to question will Mr. Rooney take care of you, well you just got your answer the answer is YES! How many nights did you stay up riding the streets of Wyckoff to make sure everyone is safe? Now ask him!
Mr927 November 02, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Todd you clearly missed my point, and for the record I have 3 family members that live in south jersey 2 lost their homes and one lost their motel business. So u can save the lecture about loved ones etc. my family is feeling plenty of pain. How does any of what you stated relieve the township of being properly prepare for an emergency situation?? Let me see if I have this straight.. Because other communities are suffering the living breathing people of Wyckoff are not entitled to expect certain services from their township. For example back up battery street lights so that we don't have a tragedy. That was my point behind that statement .. Not that I have to wait 20 extra seconds obviously... My overriding point Is that we have a right to expect the township to be better prepared in cases of emergency. I guess the safety of the people of Wyckoff doesn't count. For the record as well I have no issue with what Mr Rooney has done.
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Fair warned? I believe you meant forewarned, Mr Twain would be very disappointed with your verbiage
Lisa Lisa November 02, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I was not targeting Bob Shannon individually. I also wholeheartedly agree with providing first responders with the resources they need. I did, however, have an issue with the obvious misuse of privilege afforded to Mr. MD.
Lisa Lisa November 02, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Umm, Todd, get a grip. No one here, at least me, for one second dispelled any inkling of preferential treatment of first responders. I have perspective and thank god that I am not I the same situation as most affected by this storm. For you, to drag the misfortune of others into the opinions of others who merely feel that the treatment by a community based business owned by an elected official favors some over others (not first responders) is misguided, unforgivable and it, is you, who needs to prioritize.
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
And i also have no problem with Mr Rooney providing fuel for 1st responders, and have said so in earlier posts..What i have a problem with is filling gas cans for Wyckoff residents only...I guess i am the only resident who sees it this way..
ImpactSocialNetworking November 02, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Honestly what if other towns didnt sell us food? Or what if our town didnt have gas but another did and we were turned away? ...... True leadership is about bringing people together not finding reasons to drive them apart. Everyone needs gas and just because we live in Wyckoff doesn't make us better than anyone else.... that line of divisive thinking is extremely self centered, arrogant, and detrimental to society
Q November 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
qdogPa, you are not alone. While 1st responders should absolutely get first dibs on gas for their vehicles, and while it's nice to know that I could have purchased gas as a Wyckoff resident, it just feels like it's the wrong thing to do. When the pump runs out in Wyckoff, would our gas cans be rejected in other towns? If so, that would be terrible.
Chris November 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Better prepared? What exactly does that mean? This may have been the worst storm in the history of this state and you want battery powered street lights? We're you prepared? Did you have a generator, some Coleman lanterns some bottled water...full gas tanks and some spare gas containers? This is a classic case of cursing the darkness rather than lighting a candle. Kevin Rooney lit a candle by providing some gas to the community that he serves in so many ways. Half the people in this town don't even realize that other than the police and Dow, emergency services are all volunteers. Do any of the people bitching about Mayor Rooney volunteer for anything or just expect to be taken care of when the s hits the fan? And while I'm at it, the other unsung Herod of this town are the DPW under Scott Fisher. They have been going 24-7 getting trees removed from streets to make passage easier for the community and the electric companies that need to restore the power! This was hopefully a once in a lifetime storm but those that criticize what people like Kevin Rooney and others like him are doing to help the citizens of the community they live in...maybe you should find another idyllic town to live in. My name is Chris Love and I approve this message!
Andrea November 02, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I can not believe people are vilifying Kevin Rooney! He has performed an admirable service with HIS business to the residents of HIS home town. qdogpa doesn't seem to understand that, without power, Mr. Rooney could have left his business dark & closed and waited for the power to come on. But he jumped through hoops to get his business--his gas station--running. It was Mr. Rooney's choice to do this for the good of HIS town. Thank you, Kevin Rooney for all you do for Wyckoff!
Steve November 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Please don't throw stones in glass houses. You meant word choice, not verbiage: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/verbiage. Also, my preschool teacher would have disapproved of your following message, with lowercase I's and double periods. "And i also have no problem with Mr Rooney providing fuel for 1st responders, and have said so in earlier posts..What i have a problem with is filling gas cans for Wyckoff residents only...I guess i am the only resident who sees it this way.." For what my opinion is worth, Kevin Rooney did a great service to this town. His altruistic action should be commended, not criticized.
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
To my fellow Wyckoff residents, those of you who think it is OK for Rooney to supply MUCH NEEDED gas to only Wyckoff residents are so wrong, it is amazing!!! no problem with him supplying 1st responders, kudos for that..But the entire county is struggling to find fuel, and i am 100% certain that you ALL who would be up in arms if there was no gas in Wyckoff, and you drove to Waldwick and were told it was only for Waldwick residents....
Tim Shanley November 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
98 percent of Wyckoff was left without power and O & R is telling residents in Wyckoff it could take until the end of next week to get power restored. Wyckoff residents are now relying on generators. Gasoline supplies to the Getty and other Wyckoff stations are in limited supply and most stations in Wyckoff are closed. Mr. Rooney is helping his fellow residents keep their generators running and I applaud this as this is a matter of public safety. I would not likely have a running generator for my family if he did not do this today or I would have exhausted all the gasoline in my car trying to find a station only to be rationed- making my trip a net loss in gasoline. Mr. Rooney could have easily sold all the gasoline to everyone in 2 hours or less, shut his station and waited days or a week to get another delivery and the people of Wyckoff he served would have had no gasoline for their generators and first responders and medical doctors traveling to area hospitals might not have had any gasoline either. He did not and helped his fellow residents in need. Wyckoff is in crisis and Mr. Rooney stepped up to help us because he cares about the Wyckoff community. Those comments to the contrary are from those who don't know Mr. Rooney and don't have the courage to state their real names.
qdogPa November 02, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Tim, and others who think this is ok, just answer the question..If YOU drove to another town for badly needed gas,and were told it was ONLY for residents of that particular town, how would you feel? And fwiw, i have lived in this wonderful town for 20+ years,and am ashamed of Rooney's actions..
Andrea November 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
qdogpa: As a small business owner having to cope with a storm of this magnitude, Mr. Rooney DIDN'T have to go through the trouble of opening; He DIDN'T have to help the First Responders; AND (under these circumstances) HE CAN sell to whomever he wants. Sounds like you would prefer to see some of your neighbors in cold houses!
Andrea November 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM
If I drove to another town for badly need gas and was told ONLY for residents of that town, I would ask that business owner to move to my town!!
Q November 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Again, I agree with qdogPa. If Mr. Rooney kept his station dark and you went to another town only to be turned away you'd be fuming (on gas and otherwise). And I won't change my "Q" to my official name because I don't need those who disagree with my point of view bothering me in public. Why do you care who I am? Why are you buttering up Mr. Rooney? Put yourself in the shoes of people in other towns who need gas too. People are driving quite a long way for gas and to be turned away because they are not town residents would be terrible.Very bad image for the town. Again, 1st responders vehicles should be filled, or gas set aside for those people's vehicles but no one else should get special treatment.
Maryanne Elsaesser November 03, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Being a leader is a tough job! A leader must see the forest thru the trees when others cannot. We may not always agree with the choices of our leader HOWEVER if we take the time to ask them FIRST (before hammering out opinions) we might just find that it was indeed a well thought out concept. (If it wasn't for these restriction, I would not have heat tonight) I know both Bob & Kevin they give so much of themselves to this community. Get to know them and maybe, just maybe you will feel differently. This is a time to come together not separate.
qdogPa November 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Maryanne, i respect the men..i have a serious problem with the decision to sell only to Wyckoff residents, i can't imagine another business doing this....
Larry Allen November 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Mr. Rooney, Bravo and Thank You!!! For those that have a problem with his actions I suggest you go get in line at the Hess station on Goffle Road. You should bring a good book and a meal because you will be there for somewhere between 2-4 hours if you are lucky. The folks that are helping out at the Getty station are not being paid with our Tax Dollars. I don't think the same can be said for the Officers that have to handle the crowds at the other stations in town. I personally applaud an elected official that is putting his fellow residents needs ahead of the "Almighty Dollar". Larry Allen
Q November 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
>"I personally applaud an elected official that is putting his fellow residents needs ahead of the "Almighty Dollar".< - Larry Allen Could it be that Mr. Rooney is giving away the gas for free to Wyckoff residents? So nice of him to think only of the needs of others (or rather, just Wyckoff voters). This station, one of many he owns, is the busiest it's ever been. Don't think for a moment he isn't making an "Almighty Dollar" on your necessity for gas AND is probably stumping for votes at the pump all the while loving the global warming (although he might deny there is such a thing) that's creating his windfall.
Joe Waleck November 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM
On Election Day, we vote for the person that we believe will best fight for our collective best interests. If you're going to post something that is negative, inflammatory, or rude be sure to attach your real name. Otherwise you're just a coward.
Ed November 06, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Joe, Using your real name can get you subtly screwed in this town (and many others I might add) if you disagree with the powers that be. There are also built-in layers of protection to prevent someone of proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt, who actually perpetrated said action. Your political knowledge needs some refinement.

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