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I did not know that Long Island's electric utility is run by the government. No wonder people still don't have electric power on Long Island. Why would any person in their right mind want to live in the northeast USA?

It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant.

As soon as I read the word, "authority" I cringed.

But discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds.


In fact, before Hurricane Sandy, the authority was significantly behind on perhaps the most basic step to prepare for storms — trimming trees that can bring down power lines.

Customers have been exasperated not only by a lack of power, but also by the authority’s inability to communicate basic information. Long Islanders have recounted tales of phones unanswered at authority offices, of wildly inaccurate service maps and of broken promises to dispatch repair crews.


Senior officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, have excoriated the authority, but in the past, they have paid little attention to its management.

The authority has not had a permanent chief executive for two years. Five spots on the 15-member board are vacant, 3 of which are Mr. Cuomo’s to fill.

The authority’s chairman, Howard E. Steinberg, has stayed on past an expired term. He was originally appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki, who left office almost six years ago.


In many ways, the Long Island Power Authority, known as LIPA, reflects the shortcomings of the state’s quasi-independent public authorities, which are often criticized as a shadow government that resists scrutiny. Long Island is the only region of New York where the main electrical utility is run by the government.

Are those people up there nuts?

While oversight has drifted, politicians have installed relatives and friends in executive positions at the authority, turning it into a rich source of patronage jobs, according to interviews and a review of state records.

Shocking! <g>

There are many, many people who have been placed at LIPA during my tenure here who have no utility experience or training in the job that they have been placed in,

Hey, but the workers are all union members. That has to count for something.

Look for the union label. If lindytoes lived on Long Island she would not mind being without power because the government runs the electric utility and the utility workers are all union members. This is truely a Democrat paradise! lindytoes would take one for the team.


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