LIPA Faces Angry Customers, Lawmakers as Blackouts Linger (Bloomberg News)

November 12, 2012 – Frustrated residents joined lawmakers in calling for a shakeup of the Long Island Power Authority as 76,160 of its customers remain blacked out two weeks after Hurricane Sandy. The state-owned authority’s customers accounted for about 58 percent of an estimated 136,936 still without power today, including homes and businesses with property damage unable to reconnect, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from utility websites. Sandy and a subsequent snowstorm knocked out power to 8.66 million customers in 21 states, according to the U.S. Energy Department. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Nov. 8 that LIPA’s management has failed. Cuomo, a Democrat, said he “will make every change necessary to ensure it lives up to its public responsibility,” including removing management. Hundreds of residents protested outside a utility office in Hicksville on Nov. 10. “We certainly understand the frustration,” Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey said at a press conference yesterday. The storm was unprecedented and left utilities along the East Coast calling for help from a limited number of linemen and tree-trimmers, he said.

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