After Sandy: Long Island Power and LIPA

Friday, November 09, 2012

Gus Garcia-Roberts, Newsday reporter, discusses the ongoing power outages on Long Island and discusses charges by Governor Cuomo and others that energy provider LIPA is failing to meet the recovery needs there. 


Gus Garcia-Roberts

Comments [22]

Marianne from Staten Island

On Staten Island: 70 Tennyson Avenue in Great Kills is slated for a 80+ units condominium.
Community Board and community voted down but builder went to BSA and they rubberstamped "yes".
It is not built yet.
Why are people on that board with real estate background???
It is wetland and marshland at the shore!

Nov. 13 2012 10:16 AM

Now I understand what I've heard, that LIPA-suction is painful and ineffective.

Nov. 09 2012 06:24 PM

Kudos, MT!

Nov. 09 2012 01:43 PM

Until we start making people personally accountable nothing will be done. I used to work for a private health company working for the state's largess and a lazier more complacent bunch of morons you will never meet. They keep their contracts through their contacts, and never have to worry about the consequences of their incompetence. It is cronyism at it's worst and it is endemic in New York, and Cuomo is full of hot air because this problem starts and ends in Albany, and he governs it. The media, including WNYC, are too lazy to do the hard work to expose Albany and/or are benefiting from the status quo themselves and don't like to rock the boat.

Our utilities are too crucial to life and limb to be left to fools and profiteers. When a doctor is negligent he can be thrown in jail, and liable for civil litigation. LIPA execs regularly put people's lives at risk with no consequences and continue to get their overpriced salaries. There is no independent oversight body. We need to start throwing these guys in jail for negligence and suing the individuals who are meant to be responsible. Another person was killed last night in Valley Stream at an intersection where the traffic lights were out. No on is putting out figures on how many people have died or had permanent injuries at these dark intersections.

How many people have been killed due to generator use? We are not supposed to be powering our houses like this, it is ridiculously dangerous to be carrying gas containers to and from the gas station, and then storing gasoline and filling generator tanks everyday. Looting is another factor that has also been under-reported, and many people risked staying home during Wednesday's snow storm, because they had already been looted and did not want to risk losing more.

Cuomo made a bad situation much much worse by being in denial about rationing and encouraging people to go back to regular commuting rather than conserve fuel for their generators. He knew there would be a shortage from day one when the ports were closed but took no preemptive action because he just hates being the bad guy. It's so much easier to point the finger. He's lost my vote. I'm so tired of these fakes and hypocrites. When the lights go back on they are counting on everyone going back to business as usual like after Irene, and they are probably right. The fact that nothing changed in Albany in this election was the most depressing thing of all, but then, what is the alternative? It's the culture, stupid. Ka-ching, ka-ching.

Nov. 09 2012 12:18 PM

...oh, and insurance companies!

Nov. 09 2012 11:58 AM

The banks and utilities:

Bend over.

Nov. 09 2012 11:36 AM
Michael from East Meadow

I live in East Meadow which is North of Merrick Road in Nassau County. No water damage, at all.
LIPA indeed in non-communcative. I spoke with the Public Service Commission yesterday and they told me I should plan on being without power until Thanksgiving.
If more of us had power, we could be helping people whose homes were destroyed.
The current system is terrible

Nov. 09 2012 11:30 AM
Asa from Manhattan

Utilities are notorious for promising infrastructure improvements for higher rates but for not following through. Will there be a way to make sure that LIPA does what they promise to to do long term? Could past promises be evaluated by the poor performance in Sandy?

Nov. 09 2012 11:23 AM
Susan from Rockaway Beach

Please mention that all of the Rockaway Peninsula is served by LIPA too. Bloomberg is not mentioning the problems with LIPA in relation to this area.

Nov. 09 2012 11:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

LIPA has the highest rates in the country - things happen, most people would understand but having a computer system from the mid 70's that can't track outages? And not having enough poles? Come on.

Nov. 09 2012 11:22 AM
Bob from Huntington

Re LIPA tree trimming:

I reported a dead and rotting tree alongside a power line near my house to LIPA. A tree trimming crew came to my house, looked at the tree and said it was north of the line and since hurricane winds come from the south, it would fall away from the power line. I raised the issue of n'oreasters and the potential of winds from the north and east and they reluctantly agreed I might have a point.

This is what you're dealing with. You have to do their thinking for them.

Nov. 09 2012 11:21 AM
Xtina from E. Village

Sorry but just because you're and ignorant Manhattanite that moved to the 'burbs', doesn't mean everyone is ignorant like you - caller.

Please don't give so much Brian to ignorant callers.

It is the responsbility of the power company and the government to have a functioning infrastructure. If we hadn't wasted billion (trillions) on a manufactured threat, we could have used that money to shore up our archaic crumbling infrastructure - an actual threat to our national security.

Nov. 09 2012 11:21 AM

Perhaps this wake up call will result in future planning and upgrading the system. I recently moved to Chattanooga TN where we have 1 gig internet service (fastest in the country) and our smart grid is state of the art. We don't have many hurricanes but tornados are becoming a more frequent threat. It will cost $$ of course.

(So glad I can keep in touch w NYC via internet!)

Nov. 09 2012 11:20 AM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record:

On average, Con Ed customers paid 25.59 cents for a kilowatt hour of electricity in 2011. That’s a bit more than twice the national average price of 11.72 cents per kilowatt hour. The highest residential rates of any major utility in the 48 contiguous states. The only people who pay more live in Alaska, Hawaii, Fishers and Block Islands. WE PAY MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE!!!

And, we STILL have an obsolete electric grid that is a hundred years old that fails with the slightest stress - winter, summer or storm.

Where the hell does the $$$ go???

Kevin Burke, CEO at Con Ed makes $11 MILLION a YEAR!!!

Nov. 09 2012 11:19 AM

i dont buy the argument that these guys are working at a ulta emergency response. they get paid 150$/hr+, they are going to take their sweet time. Listen, in WWII we made a huge work force from any1 and everyone (even people who had no kindergarden education worked on assembly lines building planes), why can't this type of response happen today?

Nov. 09 2012 11:18 AM

National Grid is based in London, England.

Nov. 09 2012 11:17 AM


Why isn't the grid made out of superconducting material, sealed and buried in the ground???


Where does the money go???

Nov. 09 2012 11:16 AM

You focus on LIPA but Con Ed is just as bad. My parents in Chappaqua still have no power and are now being told maybe Saturday or Sunday. They call every day! The other day a Con ed person came and had to leave because he did not bring a ladder...did he really think he would be able to reach the utility poles without a ladder!

Nov. 09 2012 11:14 AM

I don't understand, during WWII you had people without even kindergarden education working on assembly line.. but today, when we have near 10% unemployment... these guys are getting 150$/hr + and taking their sweet time!

Nov. 09 2012 11:14 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

LIPA costumers, including my family - pay the highest rates in the country. They have had no power for over a week.

Newsday just did a damning story on LIPA's lack of preparedness.

It is a disgrace!!!

Nov. 09 2012 11:08 AM

no one wants to pay to upgrade the grid. not the rate payers who think EVERYTHING is too expensive. yes modernity is expensive, childrens
cuomo is a grandstander by the way

Nov. 09 2012 11:07 AM
Seth Pickenstiff

Police and first responders are working, Fema is working, Sanitation crews are working, and the rest of the government (socialism) appears to be on the job. But... but... these capitalists companys didn't prepare, didn't act on their own emergency plans, and they knew something like this would happen.

For the sake of short-term financial gain, and a return to investors, they screwed over their customers. And there is no competition (faux-capitalism), so there is no way to fire them. The capitalists have rigged the system and now the system is in shambles.

Clearly, smaller government is NOT the answer.

Nov. 09 2012 11:06 AM

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