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Letter: LIPA Mismanagement

Something has to be done about the Long Island Power Authority! We are paying some of the highest power rates in the U.S. while LIPA risks our lives, limbs and homes with poor management and antiquated equipment!

Information has recently come to my attention that the catastrophic power outage we have suffered this week is due in a great part to disorganized executives and management at LIPA, and a poorly maintained infrastructure. It is a fact that many of the poles and much of the power equipment on Long Island hasn’t been replaced since the 1920s. The 1920s!

The status and danger of our outdated power equipment has been brought to the attention of LIPA heads time after time by a number of consultants, and they have chosen not to heed the warning that if the system isn’t upgraded, the storms will continue to have increasing catastrophic effects on our island.

I spoke with some of the outside-contracted electrical workers who explained that they have comprehensive experience with out-of-state assignments, and have worked with a number of other power companies. They said the norm is for the power authority to have a plan in place, everything is mapped out A to Z, and the trucks are dispatched immediately.

In contrast, when on assignment on Long Island, LIPA never has a plan, and the workers, find themselves sitting in their trucks for days before they are dispatched. To add insult to injury, LIPA refuses to provide any accommodations for the workers, they had been sleeping in their trucks for three-four days while waiting for the power authority to decide what to do.

As a counter to the horrendous treatment the contract workers receive, I am so pleased that Sea Cliff’s mayor, Bruce Kennedy offered the workers accommodations at the firehouse, that’s what every community should do across all of Long Island, if available.

How many more storms must we endure with LIPA officials who are not coherent enough to protect us during the worst of times, nor have they secured the power infrastructure to minimize outages? Is this more residents’ money squandered by so-called professionals who are looking out for pay increases and well-endowed retirement programs instead of the health and safety of the public they are hired to serve?

I think we have tolerated this dangerous business practice long enough, I urge everyone to write a letter to every public official and newspaper you know of to have LIPA investigated immediately, and called to account for the mishandling of our precious resources, and most importantly, for the loss of lives and homes caused by the deficient management of the Long Island Power Authority.

I am sure the governor will appreciate our support, as he has expressed that he is thoroughly disgusted with the operation of our utilities and is looking to change the whole system.

If you’re not a writer, a few sentences on a post card, an e-mail or telephone call to Albany will suffice. Or get a friend or family member to write for you.

Our government needs to know how we feel and that we won’t tolerate this kind of dangerous and inept management of our resources.

Sheila Sporer

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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