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Tell Us: Replace LIPA with Private Company?

That's a state commission's recommendation: What do you think?

We posed a simple question on our Facebook page on Monday:

A state commission has recommeded replacing LIPA with private utility.

Do you agree?

We got a lot of responses, like this one from Barry Nisman: 

"If a fat pigeon lands on a wire and hiccups, we're without power for 4 days."

And this from Thomas Paul:

"And then watch our rates go up immediately as they suddenly have to pay taxes."

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below here.

JOE January 08, 2013 at 10:32 PM
What we need is a federal infrastructure program that will addressthis problem that exists on long Island and in New york city. Our infrastructure has been ignored for decades while it has become old, out of date, and incapable of handling todays demands . Only then will a company or agency be able to maintain our power supply at acceptable level. this is not in defense of LIPA as they had and still probably have an incompetent management team .
Barry Nisman January 08, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Joe, like most of our ills, it is broader than a company, or a location, so you are so correct. But as Long Islanders, we know that LIPA has been extraordinarily inept from what they had the power to avoid or mitigate.....the report I read was millions of dollars not spent that they were instructed to spend, on tree pruning, updating software, I heard that workers from other states couldn't believe they were using a paper map on the hood of a truck to find places, rather than GPS technology...or that they would wait and wait to get assignments that other technology would triage in updated fashion. Having said that, and I am furious with LIPA as my 15 years out here have been delightful, except for when a snow fall comes, or a heavy rain, our particular area in Plainview, behind John's Farms, goes down all the time....the side of the street closer to Old Country Road is on most of the time.....but behind that, going into Old Bethpage, well, that's why I said a fat pigeon could put us out for 2 days...Our infrastructure tho on many levels has to be 21st century, agreed.....and how we are rebuilding from Sandy is of great concern; things are going up that might be back up for 2 or 3 years, and down again.....frightening propositions....
Jaime Sumersille January 08, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Underground wiring is what a south shore Response Taskforce is suggesting LIPA focuses on. However, they do not support privatizing LIPA. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Jacksonian Democrat January 09, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Privatizing is foolish and dangerous. 90% of LIPA's operations are already private. Due to the quasi public/private system we still have the ability to look into the operations and determine how it functions. If top management became private as well, we'd lose all oversight and investigative powers.
Jacksonian Democrat January 09, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Also, when last I checked, Con Edison was a private company. How is that working for NYC and Westchester residents?

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