Privatizing the Long Island Power Authority is among the options reportedly under serious consideration by New York State in the wake of the utility’s dismal response to superstorm Sandy.
Residents of Long Island have been screaming, yelling and waving signs as they have continued to live without power and vent their frustration at the Long Island Power Authority.
About 20,000 customers remain powerless in New York City and Westchester County. That’s down from a peak of over 1 million affected by the storms.
Long Island residents were rallying Saturday for fed up power customers to voice their frustration about still being in the dark.
Some New Jersey families were on the verge of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel Tuesday night after eight days without power.
Some areas of Long Island and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens have been taken off the outage map maintained by the Long Island Power Authority, on the grounds that they are too damaged to accept electrical service.
The storm was expected to bring an inch of rain and winds gusting up to 60 mph on Wednesday. It was set to arrive as much of Newark was without power due Superstorm Sandy.
On top of gasoline shortages, power outages and lawlessness in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, falling temperatures on Sunday put people at risk even more.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday urged everyone who might need shelter to seek it out as the temperature drops, and slammed the Long Island Power Authority for not attending more promptly to outages in the Rockaways.
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Looters posing as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers have been knocking on doors late at night, but locals said that help has yet to arrive.
More New Yorkers awoke Saturday to power being restored for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the region, but patience was wearing thin among those who have been without power for most of the week.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday afternoon that a lot of work still remains to repair the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, but tremendous progress has been made.
Con Edison planned to have power to restored to all of Lower Manhattan by Saturday morning.
The effort to restore power to those impacted by megastorm Sandy will apparently take longer than initially hoped.
Con Edison said that is considering cutting power to about 6,500 customers in Lower Manhattan if the surge from the Hurricane Sandy is severe enough to threaten underground lines.