Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday appointed a new chairman for the Long Island Power Authority in an effort to stabilize the utility company amid investigations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, according to a published report.
LIPA COO Michael Hervey says Sandy was the most expensive destructive and powerful storm, from an electrical standpoint, that Long Island has ever seen. But they don’t expect to pass the cost on to customers.
LIPA announced Tuesday that Michael Hervey had tendered his resignation and would be leaving his post at the end of the year.
The pressure and criticism following Superstorm Sandy apparently did a number on the Long Island Power Authority’s chief operating officer.
As outages enter their third week, LIPA said it has dropped its policy that forces customers to get an inspection before their power is restored.
Hervey said it remains unclear if LIPA customers will see rates increase due to the storm.
LIPA also had a change of heart about the inspection they told residents would have to undergo before they could get power, but the big move was not enough to end the outrage.
Hervey said substations were badly corroded by the saltwater in the storm surge.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency “in every county in the state” and activated the emergency crews to monitor Sandy as it worked its way north.
“What the upgrade will do is it will give us 200 megawatts of additional power to use for the peak load. Our peak load time is when when we have the hottest weather,” LIPA’s Michael Hervey told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.
More than 600 first responders, emergency managers and elected officials from the region are attending the two-day conference on hurricane preparedness in Uniondale, sponsored by the Long Island Power Authority.
While it won’t break the bank, customers can expect to pay an average of $3.07 more per month, according to LIPA chief Michael Hervey.
“What happened? Put it the way I put it, what the hell happened?” State Senator Carl Marcellino asked LIPA officials at the hearing Thursday.
Irene knocked out power to more than 523,000 LIPA customers, a record for the utility.
Two nursing homes that are on LIPA’s critical care priority list were in the dark for four days in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.