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Mangano, Cuomo Criticize LIPA's Response to Superstorm Sandy

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday had a few harsh words for the power authorities.

During a press conference at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Mangano said his office has requested from LIPA a bullet-point memo on procedures for getting power turned on in flood areas that they can distribute to residents, but so far the utility has not responded.

Mangano said many residents who live in designated flood zones south of Merrick Road have expressed frustration because of LIPA not making clear the proper process for having electrical systems inspected before power is restored. He also said the utility company has failed to adequately respond to customers in flood areas whose homes did not incur flood damage.

“[LIPA] has to be the ones leading the charge to get the lights on,” said a frustrated Mangano during the press conference held next to an American Red Cross feeding site established at Cedar Creek Park last week.

Cuomo, in a press briefing, called the Long Island Power Authority and other New York power utilities in general "archaic" and "unprepared" for the lashing Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Athena gave the Long Island and New York metropolitan area.

"This is a 1950s system with these utilities that are regulated by the the state, but they are bureaucracies that are in many ways a monopoly," Cuomo said, adding that "it's a system that just doesn't work for New York in an emergency crisis situation."

Power power outages jumped above 220,000 following Wednesday's nor'easter.

Joe Vicali, who lives in a northern section of Seaford in the Levittown School District showed up at Thursday’s press conference and voiced his anger at not having power for 11 days and LIPA’s lack of response to any of his questions.

“They are not picking up their phones," Vicali said. “LIPA has to be held responsible for this."
Mangano said the Merrick Fire Department and some other firefighters in Nassau County have stepped up to the plate to help with the inspection process to help get homes powered up that were not impacted by flooding south of Merrick Road.

He also added that the county’s three town supervisors in Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay have been authorized by the county to go directly into LIPA sub stations with outage maps to inform electric crews on what non-flooded homes can have power turned on.

The LIPA press office did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment on Mangano’s criticism levied against the utility.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also lashed out at LIPA in a press conference Thursday saying they were "unprepared" for Superstorm Sandy as well as the nor'easter that struck the area Wednesday.

Story by Andrew Coen and Henry Powderly

Pete November 09, 2012 at 08:05 AM
I'm in the Westend of LB and ready for one of these LIPA inspectors. WHERE ARE THEY? I LIKE MANY ARE READY FOR POWER RESTORATION. If we get power, we can help our neighbors that do not. LIPA GET OFF OF YOUR ASS.
Pete November 09, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Dear Patch Editor, Can you write an article on how and where the LIPA inspection teams are operating and a timetable so one might not miss them when they come? Thank you.
Dirk Gorman November 09, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Mangano sees this crisis as a opportunity to promote himself--only. It is time to have capable people with real backgrounds of achievement in political office. It is time for people to vote Mangano OUT.
28 November 09, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Mangano needs to go. It is a bloody shame that Weisenberg, McCarthy and Skelos were all reelected. Term limits, term limits, term limits. Where is the supervision, coordination - basic leadership skills? They should all be embarrassed and ashamed. Accurate communication is nonexistent. Went to Garden City for mail - mail was delivered in my neighborhood even though most of my neighbors are gone. Wasted precious gas and time. If I am going to be without power for months as some suggest then tell me so I can make appropriate arrangements. Stop telling me power will be on by Wednesday - it's simply not right.
Brian Kent November 09, 2012 at 09:29 AM
yes, thats right. and cuomo isn't promoting himself either. he is such a highly qualified individual.

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