Skip to comments.Frustrated residents protest outside New York utility
Posted on 11/10/2012 4:36:30 PM PST by granada
Even as the lights came for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor'easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages. Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said. In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was expected to be restored by the end of the weekend, though that doesn't include tens of thousands of homes too damaged to juice up. "We are sitting in a cold house. No one comes by," said John Mangin of Levittown, N.Y. "There should be criminal charges against the CEO and the executive board of LIPA for failure to do their jobs." He was among about 300 people staging a rally in front of LIPA's office in Hicksville, N.Y. Not all were without power, but some who have power said they were there to protest LIPA's lack of communication. LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey said they were aware customers haven't gotten the information they've needed from the utility, partly because of an outdated information technology system they're in the process of updating. "I certainly feel the frustration of customers whose power remains out. Our hearts go out to them," Hervey said.
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Can’t wait for these people to run our Healthcare. :)
They should be rejoicing the government has taken care of them. Can’t you feel the love of big government? I bet it is cold and a numbing feeling.
South Carolina linemen were in NY right after Sandy and were told that only UNION workers were allowed to do the repairs. That is insane, bordering criminal.
Those people will NEVER learn. You want unions, you get unions and nothing but unions.
I really feel bad for the people who have to endure the problems of a disaster, but if they have the time to protest wouldn’t that time be better spent helping their neighbors and community recover?
The root cause of the problem is obvious. Not enough windmills, not enough solar panels, and certainly not enough payments for “carbon credits.”
People are fools you do not put power up in a few days..union or non union....In Florida it took just as long ...You need to figure on two week minimum in storms like this..It is probably much harder up there the equipment is older
Then with a big smile, Hervey went on to say, "But we can all be grateful that these East Coast Liberals voted Democrat and kept Mr. Obama in a position to cut the red tape."
Yep! And they will work reaaalllllyyy slowly to get all of that overtime.
We lived 50 miles north of Houston and after hurricane Ike we were without power for 17 days. No one protested. Fortunately we did not have to endure the cold. We always endured the heat after a hurricane.
NJ supposedly just got another 1600 linemen this week from somewhere . They went from 265,000 out on Friday to 46,000 out now. Sister still doesn’t have power. But at least they got a generator.
I remember there was some bad heat wave somewhere in Texas. Forgot year. Governor Bush said not to worry about air conditioning bill. Just use it and work out payment later.
Not sure how that worked out. That part never made the news.
I think that year over 5,000 people in France died due to heat wave.
Wake me when they start to place the blame on Obama. I expect I’ll be sleeping for a long time.
I’m sure though after enough overtime some bodies gonna just want sleep after 16hr shift get too much.
I’m sure payday’s gonna be nice though.
Con Edison . Think that’s NY , already talking about rate increase.
Not sure about jcpl but wouldn’t be surprised there.
Enjoy your sleep. Probably a hundred years from now they’ll be a new hero and Obama will be thrown under the bus.
You don't have to tell me that, my daughter was 21 days old when Hugo came through SC and we did not have power for 4 weeks! Thank God for breastfeeding and for the angels who hiked along roads closed by fallen trees to bring me a 6 month supply of diapers. My husband and his brother were out from day one, helping elderly neighbors and clearing the roads. We NEVER turned down any offer of help! I doubt the people of NY would do it either, it was a shock to hear that the unions turned down help.
Don’t blame the power companies. Blame the unions who sent non-union people home so they could make more time and a half, double time on Sundays, and triple time on the holidays!!
Cuomo’s remarks condemning the power companies smell of government takeover to me. They are all so evil and deceitful.
Exactly. The South would have been up and running by now. I’ll be damned if they would have turned away skilled labor from the north. Let New Jersey swim in the filth they have sewn.
Luckily, those non-union crews from the South returned home because they were not needed. Union crews should be able to drag out repairs and double/triple overtime until June or July of next year. Permanent repairs, and the necessary overtime, will take years. Just hope another storm doesn’t happen in the near future.
6 months to see a dentist in Canada. If you paid to see sooner you could get jail time. Not dire if that changed.
This is all new to me. 70’s - 80’s We lost power several days in winter with 0 to -16 weather. Had no generator, just wood burning stove for heat, cooking, bath water.
Nobody complained. Yes it was miserably cold.
NJ was first to sign bill of rights . Guess they forgot to bring up to the authors about power outages.
This is a GOOD thing!
These poor people who have been inconvenienced terribly by this awful storm should be singing songs of praise to Obama and his Democrats, and to their liberal Democrat Party elected state officials, for the massive effort they making to help them. And these poor suffering people should not forget to praise all of those Democrat Party union leaders who are striving mightily to return the lives of everyone back to normal. That's why this is GOOD thing! All of these important and caring Democrat party leaders and unions are in those people's thoughts and prayers tonight. I'm sure of this!
ALL HAIL OBAMA!
They should have been out there throwing eggs and rocks at the utility crews like they were last week
I live here in NYC metro area. F em all! We deserve every miserable thing we get.
In all of this, I’ve not seen one person cleaning up their own property, or anyone elses’. They’re waiting for it to be done for them. In several tornado, hurricane disasters in my life, it makes the job of the power crews easier if you get the debris out of their way. These are not people I’d want for neighbors in bad times or good
Hope things get better for you soon, my friend.
The same was true after hurricane Alicia in 1983. The people helped each other and it was a slow process of cleanup. My heart goes out to people in distress, but you’re not doing much to help yourselves up there. You look more like Haiti than the USA
Thanks but I dont care. We vote foe communism - we earned this.
I live here in NYC metro area. F em all! We deserve every miserable thing we get.
No, you are still Americans and you deserve the best this country can offer. Unfortunately your politicians and unions don’t feel the same way. Don’t be down on the rest of the country either, we sent crews to help. We are still Americans and want to help, we just aren’t allowed to sometimes. We’re not against New Yorkers in time of need no matter how they vote. Your politicians and unions on the other hand don’t care if you suffer as long as it is in their best interest
That and health care. When I pointed that out to a liberal once, they responded with, "that's only because health insurance wasn't around yet. If it had been, the founders would have included it.". Guess that would apply to power and EBT cards, as well.
They ought to be protesting out in front of the local IBEW office instead, after that union’s bigwigs turned away non-union help.