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Gonsalves: LIPA Has Ineffectively Managed Power Restoration Efforts

One day after telling community she will do all she can to restore power, legislator openly blasts LIPA.

The following was submitted by Acting Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, Legislator, District 13.

In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, residents throughout Nassau County continue to struggle without lights, heat and power to run their households. Traffic lights remain dark, gas supplies limited, and many of our businesses cannot serve their customers.

LIPA is a state agency. It is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors and is not under the jurisdiction of the County or any Town or Village. My office has diligently reported outages and demanded updates, but LIPA’s response even to Nassau County’s elected officials has been awful.

I, like you, believe the Long Island Power Authority (“LIPA”) has ineffectively managed power restoration efforts to our residents and businesses. I have also found the response to our state and federal officials to be similarly ineffective.

And like you, though I have been in constant contact with LIPA officials in my capacity as your Legislator, I am not assured that all that can be done is being done to get the power back on for those that remain in the dark. My office has been informed that LIPA has secured additional manpower and resources from out of state to assist in their recovery and restoration efforts.

Though these resources come nearly 12 days after this tragic storm, they are welcome.

Rest assured, once this immediate emergency is passed, this Legislature will seek answers from LIPA and our state and federal officials as to why the response to Hurricane Sandy was so poorly executed. We will also demand answers as to what is being done to prepare for future emergencies.

My office will do whatever it can to help you. However, I urge all of you to contact Governor Cuomo's office at (212) 681-4580 and demand that he hold LIPA accountable and use every tool at his disposal as Governor of New York to get people the help they need.

Jackie S November 12, 2012 at 01:23 AM
By the way you urge us to call you but when I tried to call the legislature office a few days ago. all i got was that voice mail boxes were full - and no one answered the phone the many times I called. That sounds like when I call LIPA i get an automated machine to talk to!!!!!
ArtyMarty November 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
That is normal for Norma. She and her office are experts at passing the buck. She thinks only of what she can get out of it.
Frank T November 12, 2012 at 01:56 AM
14 days and still no power in my part of East Meadow.
Ruth Langone November 12, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I am an 84 year old woman with emphysemia and oxygen. LIPA has me on their critical list with a special number to call. Forget it. They would look up my address and always came back with the same answer. You wll be getting power between now and Monday or whatever. Same old answer each time. One person told me they had so much devastation it wasn't expected but if it were a normal hurricane, I would have had power much sooner. A lot of good that does me. I also have a neighbor who lives across the street from me and she put me and my dog up in her home for 14 days. Finally at 5:00 PM Saturday the electricity came back. I have lived in East Meadow for 55 years. I only pray that with what little time I may have left, this doesn't happen again.
Carmine Vingo November 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Get out of L.I., out of NY. Away from unions. It's a different world away from NY. It's the only option. Nothing will get better....

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