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Government-owned Utility Fails on Long Island (Thousands still without power)
American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 11/14/2012 7:26:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, once considered a rising star Democrat, is facing a storm of criticism over the dismal performance of the state-owned electrical utility, Long Island Power Authority, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Even today, over ten thousand Long Islanders remain without power.

The danger signs were obvious well before Sandy hit. The New York Post wrote:

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A state-authorized independent analysis undertaken after Hurricane Irene last year found LIPA to be an outdated, barely competent organization.

The agency had ignored a 2006 recommendation that it update its management system, which runs on an obsolete 25-year-old computer language.

During Sandy, LIPA used memo pads and dial-up Internet access - rather than smartphones and tablet computers - to track power outages.

For years, the agency has neglected such critical tasks as maintaining rotting poles and trimming trees around power lines.

In the wake of Irene, what did Cuomo do?

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: electricity; hurricane; lipa; longisland
For those who don't remember --- LIPA was created when Cuomo's father, Governor Mario Cuomo, took over the former Long Island Lighting Company and scrapped its Shoreham nuclear power station. It contracts out actual operations to a private company, National Grid, but sets policy - including such matters as updating computer systems, maintaining the wires and utility poles, and staffing for emergencies.
1 posted on 11/14/2012 7:27:03 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good job, Andy.


2 posted on 11/14/2012 7:29:11 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another fine example of “Your Tax Dollars At Work”. LIPA = CRAP.


3 posted on 11/14/2012 7:31:15 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ironically National Grid has one of the best Outage tracking systems that can zoom to street level.


4 posted on 11/14/2012 7:33:43 AM PST by matt04
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To: Daveinyork

It would seem there should be two sides to this story.

Were they denied rate increases to modernize? If so by whom?

What incentive was there to modernize?

Who monitors or has oversight of this utility? Aren’t they in the end culpable?


5 posted on 11/14/2012 7:35:34 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to misdirect your topic, but as bad as things are on Long Is. my understanding is they are TEN times worse on Staten Island. Very little assistance has arrived. Media dropped the ball on this. to be expected all things considered...


6 posted on 11/14/2012 7:35:44 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to misdirect your topic, but as bad as things are on Long Is. my understanding is they are TEN times worse on Staten Island. Very little assistance has arrived. Media dropped the ball on this. To be expected all things considered...


7 posted on 11/14/2012 7:36:09 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: donozark

Places by the water on LI are just as bad...


8 posted on 11/14/2012 7:38:45 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: SeekAndFind
Thanks for answering a question I had about Long Island Lighting. I was wondering what had happened to this utility.
When I was in the coal business, I remember listing to a Long Island Lighting executive recount the excesses of Mr. Cuomo and his associates. I remember the excuse for scrapping the nuke was the lack of an evacuation plan...
9 posted on 11/14/2012 7:39:18 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is nothing that is done poorly that cannot be done much more poorly using union labor.

Those goons need competition, but they don’t have to worry about that in a blue state.

And - until they realize that and shove the union workers up their own smelly Obamas - they’ll continue to freeze to death in the dark.


10 posted on 11/14/2012 7:42:04 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
From wiki

In 1983, the Suffolk County Legislature voted that the county could not be safely evacuated in the event of a serious nuclear accident at the plant, and governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, ordered state officials not to approve any LILCO-sponsored evacuation plan.
[emphasis mine]

11 posted on 11/14/2012 7:45:08 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, the answer is obvious: beat up any Florida lineman present who might actually have the experience and competence to get the power restored.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 7:58:54 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: SeekAndFind

no gubmint-owned facility is ever a failure. it’s just “underfunded”.


13 posted on 11/14/2012 8:00:23 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

“The closest thing to eternal life on earth is a government program.” — Ronald Reagan


14 posted on 11/14/2012 8:06:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Long Island residents sue utilities, charge ‘gross negligence’ after Sandy”...

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/us/new-york-sandy-utilities-suit/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1


15 posted on 11/14/2012 8:27:29 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: carriage_hill

RE: Long Island residents sue utilities, charge ‘gross negligence’ after Sandy

Might as well sue the tax payers. Even if they win, who do they think will pay them?


16 posted on 11/14/2012 8:38:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL; from one pant’s pocket to another. They don’t care. They just want to ***sue someone/something*** for their predicament.


17 posted on 11/14/2012 8:44:17 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Da Coyote

“And - until they realize that and shove the union workers up their own smelly Obamas - they’ll continue to freeze to death in the dark.”

HUSH! Frozen, dead Democraps don’t vote as much as unfrozen dead Democraps.

And, winter is approaching.

:-)


18 posted on 11/14/2012 8:44:29 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

It’s government owned. What more can we say?


19 posted on 11/14/2012 9:31:35 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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