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What's Next for LIPA?

Glen Cove customers still without power as fallout mounts over LIPA's hurricane response.

Days of power outages, followed by gas rationing and general misery united residents and politicians of every stripe in a way that may be unprecedented on Long Island. They joined to form a chorus of anger aimed at the Long Island Power Authority. 

In the nearly three weeks since Hurricane Sandy left an indelible mark on Long Island, LIPA has become the main target for all that’s gone awry.

In fact, LIPA reports the Town of Oyster Bay currently has 370 customers without power Thursday, including 95 in Glen Cove.

On the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide commission to hold the state's utilities accountable for their performance, LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey announced Tuesday he would step down at the end of the year.

, also announced Tuesday that as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, he will head a set of hearings to investigate LIPA's response to Hurricane Sandy. 

A coalition seems to be building against the utility.

And just as it happened to predecessor LILCO, the future of LIPA appears to be in doubt. A poor response to Hurricane Gloria in September 1985 led to its eventual sale.

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Kathy Todd November 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mayor Suozzi asked on his updated storm phone calls to residents for address of homes still without power. Those residents need to report their continuing outage to his office at Glen Cove City Hall 516-676-2000.
Micah Danney November 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thanks Kathy
fay November 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM
LIPA will have to merge with a company who knows what they are doing. Even though workers were trying to keep jobs by minimally cutting trees back that were over power lines so they would be needed in the next disaster; many will lose jobs in the reconstruction of the company.
Ralph Suozzi November 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I do not believe the Glen Cove number is even close to being accurate. The GC LIPA Command Center had accounted for all known full and partial outages by mid-week. However, allowing for the possibility, I ask for anyone who is without power or knows of anyone remianing without power in the City of Glen Cove, to please email me directly at rsuozzi@cityofglencoveny.org. You can also use the Contact the Mayor link on the City website. The LIPA number to reprot outages is 1-800-490-0075.

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