Long Islanders Demand Gov. Cuomo Hold LIPA Accountable After 10 Days Without Power
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, November 08 2012 @ 05:43 PM EST
More than one million Long Islanders are still without power after Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the eastern seaboard last week. millions were left stranded without power. Many residents in Nassau and Suffolk counties are still in the dark as temperatures dip below freezing and answers on when the power will return remain uncertain.
Poor Preparedness and Response to Hurricane Sandy Leaves Long Island Families in the Dark and Cold For 11 Days, New Petition Demands Accountability
Jon Soldo, a Huntington Station resident and Long Island native outraged by the poor preparedness and response by the National Grid and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has started a new petition on SignOn.org calling on the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to hold LIPA accountable and terminate their contract.
“With temperatures dropping and gasoline lines growing, harm that comes to people and their homes now falls on LIPA’s shoulders,” said Jon Soldo. “For the highest power rates in the country, this is simply unacceptable.”
SIGN ON HERE: www.signon.org/sign/hold-lipa-accountable/
Poor pre-planning for Hurricane Sandy has led to more than 50 electrical substations going offline and has left more than 1 million customers without power. Poor response is evident in that initial time frames for repair were given as "7-10 days", and then later bumped to "10-15 days". Over 150,000 customers are still without power a full ten days after the storm. Many are being told, “It could be at least another week”.
LIPA has had to bring in thousands of out-of-state workers to manage the crisis, but have so far failed to properly direct and administer these workers. Calls to customer service provide no estimated repair times for particular addresses, and as of November 7th they are no longer accepting calls. A message just simple says, “Due to the high call volume we cannot assign you a representative. Please try again later.” LIPA’s text alert system is not functioning as well.