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Talk Back: How Would You Fix LIPA?

LIPA's troubles with power restoration post-Sandy and lack of communication added to frustrations.

The Long Island Power Authority has been the target of many angry comments and rants over the past few weeks, from the average Joe consumer all the way up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo – many have lost their patience with the company.

Before Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29th, LIPA reminded Long Islanders it had prepared for Tropical Storm Irene the year before, which still rendered a portion of the island without power for many days, if not weeks.

One day after the storm hit, LIPA officials noted it could take 7 to 10 days to restore power. Before long, though, the estimates grew in many areas – some going to three weeks and even a few estimates of "around Thanksgiving."

On top of the growing frustration were a cooling air mass and a snowy nor'easter that struck a week after Sandy, leaving the powerless even colder and more miserable.

Gov. Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other government officials promised to hold LIPA's executives – not the hard-working linesman and out-of-state workers – accountable for what they said was a poor post-storm performance by the utility. Bellone even took a unprecendeted move in controlling substations to get workers where they needed to be, skipping over LIPA's management.

Before these government officials had a chance to take too many other actions on LIPA, its chief operating officer Michael Hervey resigned.

What should be done to change or fix LIPA? Is it just executives that need to go? Is the system in need of an overhaul or just a new chain of command?

Let us know what you would do in the comments section below!

SS Trash November 15, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Natural disaster, Superstorm, Hurricaine........Buy generators in the future to ease some of the pain. Water front people.......... It's a gamble that you take. We should stop killing the Union workers just looking for OT, theres alot we dont see. All these utility companies are miss managed to save cost. No there never buring everything unless the consumer wants to pay for it. I think people would feel a lot better if they went out and helped in the community. Again it's a natural disaster
JeanneMccarthy November 15, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I would like to say thank you to all the man @ woman that took there time away from their families helping our neighbors out. Also thank you to all the outside help that came in from other states to help us. I do hope the young man from Florida is feeling better Iam so sorry you were hurt by this animal I hope they catch him feel better soon
Nino November 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Why even answer the question after eading and assuming anyway numerous people working at LIPA earning over $200,000 a year and over 1/2 the employees earning over $100,000, If you worked there would you want anything fixed, here is my answer...NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a choking,gasping joke of a question...
Nino November 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Enjoy your fat,fat, fat runaway overtime check for your work.
Nino November 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Its all about overtime and who could win the race to make the most overtime. If they are also using the antiquated seniority for overtime, I hope they are supervising. but we all know that this party they are having is by invitation only. All the people at the top are politically appointed. Theres your answer to incompetence.


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