NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Federal prosecutors should examine the relationship between the Long Island Power Authority and Chicago-based Navigant Consulting, a state commission tasked with overseeing how New York utilities responded to Superstorm Sandy said Saturday.
The Moreland Commission, created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo just weeks after the October storm, issued its final report after reviewing more than 175,000 documents, holding 10 hearings, and interviewing more than 90 stakeholders and witnesses.
The report found questionable billing and reimbursement practices that racked up millions of dollars.
The commission also was critical of the utility in a previous report, saying LIPA was unprepared for Sandy, then inept in its response, leaving many of its 1.1 million customers without power for as long as 21 days.
The report found consultants charged hundreds dollar per hour between 2008 and 2011.