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Letter: Is LIPA Outside the Law and Accountable To No One?

(Editor’s Note:  This letter was sent to NYS Senator Jack M. Martins and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)

I write to you out of frustration with the poor services and damages inflicted upon the citizens of Long Island by LIPA. On Aug. 4, a clear day with little wind, there was a loss of power and then a power surge that destroyed well over a thousand dollars worth of appliances and equipment including a washing machine, a microwave oven, various TVs, etc. Upon checking with neighbors up and down Crabapple Street (I live on a corner house that fronts Port Washington Boulevard and Crabapple) virtually every house sustained damage.

I had called your office and was referred to the Public Service Commission. A call to the Public Service Commission revealed that they do not have any jurisdiction over LIPA or National Grid. Several calls and letters to LIPA were useless. I got a ridiculous letter from LIPA that confused the damages from Hurricane Irene with the events of Aug. 4.

To add insult to injury my claim for damages was rejected out of hand because of a falling tree (copy enclosed). There was no falling tree and the weather on Aug. 4 was calm and clear. I clearly remember one of the workmen claiming some branch had fallen but when I asked him to show me he could not. I received a copy of the claim rejection in September and decided there was nothing to be done.

This morning at around 7:15 a.m. there was an explosion on the side of my house and we once again lost power. It did come back soon and I am once again checking all our electrical appliances for possible damage. I finally decided to write this letter to request that LIPA should be the subject of legislative hearings. Are they outside the law, accountable to no one?

John Frangos