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Government-owned Utility Fails on Long Island
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, once considered a rising star Democrat, is facing a storm of criticism over the dismal performance of the state-owned electrical utility, Long Island Power Authority, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Even today, over ten thousand Long Islanders remain without power.
The danger signs were obvious well before Sandy hit. The New York Post wrote:
In the wake of Irene, what did Cuomo do? Bill Hammond of the New York Daily News writes:
LIPA was created when Cuomo's father, Governor Mario Cuomo, took over the former Long Island Lighting Company and scrapped its Shoreham nuclear power station. It contracts out actual operations to a private company, National Grid, but sets policy - including such matters as updating computer systems, maintaining the wires and utility poles, and staffing for emergencies.
Cuomo has appointed a commission to investigate the fiasco. The New York Post writes:
Sandy is the Democrats'' Katrina, but the national media are cooperating in not pointing fingers at the Democrat politicians who bear responsibility for the miserable performance of FEMA and LIPA. But angry New Yorkers are a force of nature unto themselves, so perhaps the usual cover ops will not be as effective as usual. At least one can hope. At a minimum, Cuomo's once-rising star is tarnished.