Utility Boss Quits Over Botched Sandy Response
Thousands of NY customers still without power
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2012 3:42 AM CST
A plea to the Long Island Power Authority is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, NY.   (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

(Newser) – The chief operating officer of a utility company heavily criticized for its response to Superstorm Sandy is stepping down. The Long Island Power Authority says Michael Hervey had tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the year. LIPA has come under withering criticism since Sandy knocked out power to more than a million of its customers on Oct. 29, both for how long it was taking to get power restored and for poor communication with customers. LIPA was similarly criticized after Hurricane Irene.

There are still about 10,000 outages in Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties, and LIPA officials have said they hope to have most of them resolved today. The company says 99% of those customers that can safely get power already have it restored. But 35,000 customers, mostly in the hard-hit Rockaways section of Queens, which suffered significant flood damage, need repairs on their properties before power can come back.

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Nov 14, 2012 10:51 PM CST
butt butt bloomie loves him!
Nov 14, 2012 9:45 AM CST
This is unforgiveable, we are slaves to these power, water, etc. companies. Their top management very often make into the millions per year, they don't respond, they treat us like s**t. They are not like cable or phone co's where we have choices. In most cases, if we want water or power, it's that POS co. or nothing. Why in hell do these jerks make that kind of money stolen from us, there should be limits or at least response. This is something I wish Occupy would work on and start with whichever co., but include the New Jersey American Water company (actually a natl. company that changes its name based on whatever state they operate, HQ in Voorhees, NJ)
Nov 14, 2012 7:31 AM CST
For decades there have been news reports on how LIPA has been a poorly run utility with incompetent management and outdated infrastructure. Homeowners on Long Island should look into residential wind powered generators. Hell, People in the Tri-State area should look into it and free themselves from slavery to the power companies.