November 17, 2012 NPR
Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey, the lights and heat have finally come back on across most of the region.
But nowhere was the wait for power longer than on Long Island, where about 1,000 customers are still in the cold and dark, and utility mismanagement has deep roots.
While I have seen news footage of Long Island residents protesting the ineffective response of their power company, I did not realize that the Long Island Power Authority is a NY State Government agency. Perhaps when I saw the governor’s “outrage” and threatened investigation, I did not realize that he was saying that he was angry with himself and wanted to investigate why.
LIPA’s patronage appointees miserably failed to prepare for the hurricane everyone knew would one day strike — and botched post-Sandy recovery efforts. That’s why thousands waited so long for power in the Rockaways.
Too many of LIPA’s managers owe their six-figure jobs to connections rather than electrical know-how. Included on the payroll are the daughter of a former district attorney, the son of a judge, a one-time lawyer for the Suffolk GOP and a former aide to state Controller Tom DiNapoli.
It seems that the people who are supposed to be in charge are mostly politically connected types who get paid a lot but have contracted out the running of everything to a UK company called National Grid. Sort of like our state agencies who employ all sorts of supposedly qualified experts but contract out any real work to “consultants.”
I have not even heard Bill O’Reilly, who lives on Long Island and has been complaining about the slow progress in restoring power, mention that this is a corrupt government boondoggle.
Another report said that the electricity rates there are among the top ten highest in the US. Lets see, high prices, waste, graft and bad service. I am sure glad that we are trusting government to take over more and more responsibilities, NOT!