ROBBINSVILLE - Many customers are upset with Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) following Hurricane Irene and the subsequent power outages.

Now, local politicians are expressing their anger about how the power company worked after the storm. Later this month, the role of local utility companies in preparing for the storm and cleaning up will be the focus of a state hearing.

More than 500,000 JCP&L customers in north and central New Jersey lost power. JCP&L's president says his company will cooperate. The state's Board of Public Utilities hasn't set a date yet for the public hearing into the post-Irene cleanup.