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Letter: Holding Cuomo And LIPA Accountable

In the column “An Abuse of Power,” Ronald Scaglia says that “Now...is our chance to use our ‘power’ to hold others accountable for their actions.” I’d also consider their inactions, and their words/promises. And the first person to hold accountable is Governor Cuomo, who tough-talkingly promised to hold LIPA accountable this time after Sandy—despite his own failure to do so during the 14 months following LIPA’s abysmal performance after Hurricane Irene.

LIPA’s website states, “Currently we restore electric service faster than any other utility in the state. The total annual power outage time for Long Island customers has been the lowest among New York State utilities using overhead power lines for 10 of the past 12 years...compared to other NYS overhead utilities, the LIPA Transmission and Distribution system consistently scores high in critical metrics related to service reliability...customers can request a call-back for more information if no restoration time is currently available...the call-back may take 24-36 hours as outages are assessed and prioritized.”  

We know from recent experience that actions speak louder than words. I can’t help thinking that LIPA’s self-serving praise is nothing more than just another LIPA LIE (and I am not referring to the Long Island Expressway).

Richard Siegelman