Norma Gonsalves: I Am Angry at LIPA

The county legislator and East Meadow resident said she will do all that she can to get the power of thousands in the community restored.

County Legislator Norma Gonsalves, an East Meadow resident, said she is not
happy with Long Island Power Authority's treatment of thousands of East Meadow customers who remain without power.

She said that she has been constantly trying to reach officials within the company and someone finally got back to her on Thursday.

"I am angry at LIPA," she said. "I have been on municipal conference calls and I have told them that East Meadow has been neglected. I am waiting for more information from them."

Gonsalves, who regained electrical power at her East Meadow home on Sunday, said that she empathizes with the East Meadow community.

"I know what it is like," she said. "Many have elderly parents and children and nothing is being done."

Gonsalves said that for the past several days she has been calling LIPA, as well as traveling around the community.

"I know where the outages are and I don't see any trucks," she said. "To them {LIPA} if the pocket is not big enough they put it on the back burner.  Some of the outages can be fixed as simple as turning on a switch."

She said that she will continue to "hound" LIPA long after there are no outages.

"This was not Hurricane Irene, it was a disaster," she said. "I am not finished."

Joe Ra November 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I would like to know where in the community has Norma travelled. I have been living in the EM Library all week, almost all day until closing and have not seen her once. Apparently she does not want to hear from us until election time. Then we will not be able to get enough of her.
Kathleen November 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
We as a community have to remind each other of these dark cold days especially during the next couple of election cycles. Also, when these politicians want to have a photo op with us we will not have time for them. Good bye to all of them. We will not miss you.
Harriette Steinberg November 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Perhaps now is the time for the residents to organize - and create an agenda that will promote our interests <>as a community - HMS
Lady Justice November 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Letting all of you know, as a neighbor of Norma Gonsalves, contrary to what has been stated in this article, she got her power back on Saturday evening, not Sunday. As many of her neighbors can attest, when we have personally contacted her, she basically told us that she could not help us and what did we expect she could do for us? So obviously, this is a nice PR piece for her, but not quite the picture of what happened when her neighbors reached out for her help.
Lady Justice November 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
To clarify, her power restoration date was Saturday, November 3rd.


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