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LIPA Gets 'F' By Oversight Committee

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

LIPA workers in Far Rockaway trying to restore power after Hurricane Sandy. LIPA workers in Far Rockaway trying to restore power after Hurricane Sandy. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Long Island Power Authority is getting a failing grade by a legislative oversight committee for its performance in the aftermath of Sandy.

Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Matthew Cordaro, co-chair of the Suffolk County panel, said the utility deserves an "F" for its response.

"A lot of that has to do with the preparations in advance," he said. "You do not deal with a storm on the spur of the moment, it takes years of preparations in advance."

LIPA reports more than 11,000 customers without power in Nassau County, 26,000 on the Rockaway Peninsula and more than 3,500 in Suffolk County.

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Greg Fischer from Calverton, NY

Let's not reduce the LIPA problems to the storm alone!
Let's not forget we need a prompt and effective total solution!

Worse, the Governor and the TWO County executives are still opposing and blocking LIPA reform. If any of them consents to ELECTED LIPA TRUSTEES by way of Fischer v. NYS Board of Elections, EDNY CV-12-5397, just so we can have elected LIPA trustees, we do not need any further state, legislative, or other approvals to have OPEN CITIZEN GOVERNANCE of LIPA by way of Elected Trustees. All that has to happen now is a simple consent and this very important reform can open LIPA to competition and let towns create their own Municipal Power Authorities like Greenport that pays 40% less for electricity, creates GOOD LOCAL JOBS, and only had one hour of blackout. Please don't let them lie to us any longer --- please hold them ALL accountable. Thanks!

Nov. 18 2012 01:57 PM

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