Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Calls for Faster Power Restoration

Seeking Local Oversight / Input on LIPA – Conducting Research with Community Leaders and Residents to Compile Feedback for NY State

Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton is hearing numerous complaints and concerns about the power restoration process after “superstorm” Sandy. She said, “Homes in Nassau’s 18th Legislative District have been out of power now for many days. These are homes that include families with children, elderly people and people with serious health concerns who rely on power for critical medical related equipment. These people have either been displaced from their homes indefinitely or they are forced to stay in the house, braving freezing temperatures and snow with no heat, hot water or lights.”

“Everyone knows that restoring power to so many residents after Sandy is a monumental task. But my job is to make sure that the task is done right — and done as quickly as possible. There were state hearings and town informational sessions after Irene last year, where officials grilled LIPA on problems with its emergency response plans. I am concerned that many of the improvements that LIPA promised after Irene may have not been implemented,” continued Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is meeting with mayors, civic associations, school officials, community leaders and concerned residents to hear concerns and specific complaints about the restoration process. The legislator’s goals are:

1)      Continue pressing LIPA to address specific restoration issues throughout the 18th LD

2)      Develop a timeline for when power will be restored in each area and information on what the problem is

3)      Compile complaints and possible problems with the restoration process, which she will analyze at the Legislature and provide to state officials for a review of LIPA’s service

4)      Push for Nassau oversight / feedback on LIPA

“Nassau residents and other Long Islanders have no choice in power providers. New York state officials have done a good job of pressing LIPA to improve its emergency process. I believe that my colleagues at the county level should be able to help them compile useful information and to perform some kind of constructive oversight capacity. I will begin by holding these sessions and compiling information. Then we will explore creating a formal committee or initiating some reporting effort that can assist New York State, sharing local insight into the problems we are encountering,” said the Legislator.

If you would like to meet with the Legislator, attend a session, or contact her with a power restoration problem or complaint please email DDeRiggiWhitton@NassauCountyNY.gov or call 571-6218.

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