PSEG Long Island customers in the Town of Smithtown and Village of the Branch in New York may see work crews in their area over the next four months. The utility is committed to delivering best-in-class system reliability and strengthening this electric circuit will benefit thousands of customers.

Beginning in December, PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors will work on system improvements in the Town of Smithtown and Village of the Branch. Work will include replacing existing wires, installing new and more durable poles, and installing or replacing switching equipment to help reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.

“PSEG Long Island customers deserve equipment and service on which they can rely,” said John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president of transmission and distribution operations. “Through these FEMA funded system improvement projects, customers in Smithtown will have a more reliable system to better withstand extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy.”

The route covers approximately three miles along an electric main line circuit in the Town of Smithtown and Village of the Branch. For specific project details, visit www.psegliny.com/reliability, select Smithtown from the drop down menu and then scroll to see Route Two.

These projects are funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program, which was established to harden electrical distribution infrastructure against future storm damage and help restore power more quickly. In 2014, more than $729 million of federal recovery funds were secured for the Long Island Power Authority via an agreement between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the FEMA 406 Mitigation Program.