LI Leaders to Testify on LIPA's Storm Response

Nassau and Suffolk County Executives to speak at Moreland Commission's first public hearing.

High ranking state and local leaders are set to testify before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission on Tuesday, with much of the focus on scrutinizing the Long Island Power Authority's response and preparation to Superstorm Sandy.

Nassau County Ed Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Gil Quiniones, AT&T New York President Marissa Shorenstein and Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams will appear before the commission, created by Cuomo in the weeks following the storm's punishing assault on the East Coast, as experts on the utility's performance after the disaster. The panel is also expected to make recommendations for restructuring LIPA.

The hearing, set for 6 p.m. at SUNY College of Old Westbury's Student Union Center, is open to the public.

In addition to the discussion about LIPA, the commission will look at how other utilities in the state performed and whether there should be broader restructuring.

On Long Island, where LIPA manages the region's electric delivery, anger has run very high over the utility's response to Sandy, drawing criticism from the governor, the county executives and many town supervisors. In the wake of that scrutiny, several LIPA leaders have stepped down, including the board's Chairman Howard Steinberg and acting-CEO Michael Hervey.

Can't make the hearing? Let us know what points you would make about the utilities in our comments section below.

Keith Milliner December 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
LIPA is part of the huge gravy train that the politicians stick to us. They take a disproportionate amount of our salary and disposable ioncome so they can payback their "helpers" wether that is union bosses or other Politicos. This is the worlds largest circle jerk and we are the recipients. Until we elect smart people not the politically connected you will see this from all Government functions, total waste and ineptitude.
George Sidoti December 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Would it be economiocally feasible to bury the power lines in areas where there is flooding whenever there is a severe weather disturbance. Just the areas of Long Island, that seem to be constant flooding and not all of Long Island, New York...?
Patrick O'Neill December 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Sanity is what Kings Park needs for Christmas......after all......"Everyone needs a sanity cause" Groucho Marx
Harold E Campbell December 12, 2012 at 02:32 PM
LIPA tries to deflect criticism of it restoration efforts by claiming an outdated computer program impacted it efforts. I was a principle designer of the CARES program that LIPA uses The program is designed to assist in restoration as its name indicates -- Computer Assisted Restoration of Electric Service. In brief, it provides information to the managers of the restoration process by recording the incoming customer calls. and overlaying a graphic image of those calls on a map of the electrical distribution system.. The program was designed to ASSIST in managing the restoration The question for LIPA management is -- What is their WORK PLAN for restoration of electric service? LI . How do they go about identifying and prioritizing/sequencing the jobs to restore service efficiently? LILCO began the restoration process by having two man teams survey each circuit as soon as the storm ended. Every one of the hundred plus substations functioned as work centers dispatching work crews to the damage sites identified by the survey teams The Substation area work manager managed the crews assigned to him to restore service to his circuits. Work crews were sent to the substation area managers based on the damage (jobs) he found and reported to headquarters How is restoration organized and accomplished now? Harold E Campbell
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