Many on N.Y.’s Long Island still dark after Sandy

  • **FILE** In this aerial photograph, heavy equipment pushes sand to restore a barrier dune along the Atlantic Ocean in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, N.J., on Nov. 9, 2012, after the region was pounded by Superstorm Sandy the previous week. (Associated Press)**FILE** In this aerial photograph, heavy equipment pushes sand to restore a barrier dune along the Atlantic Ocean in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, N.J., on Nov. 9, 2012, after the region was pounded by Superstorm Sandy the previous week. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Firmo Banez poses next to a downed tree in front of his home in Elmont, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2012. Firmo lost electrical power to the house following Superstorm Sandy ten days before, had it restored two days later by the Long Island Power Authority, only to have it go out again a week later during a Nor'easter snowstorm. (Associated Press)**FILE** Firmo Banez poses next to a downed tree in front of his home in Elmont, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2012. Firmo lost electrical power to the house following Superstorm Sandy ten days before, had it restored two days later by the Long Island Power Authority, only to have it go out again a week later during a Nor'easter snowstorm. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** People line up with containers as they wait in line to get gas at a Hess station in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Nov. 8, 2012. Fuel shortages and distribution delays that led to gas hoarding prompted New York City and Long Island to initiate an even-odd gas rationing plan. (Associated Press)**FILE** People line up with containers as they wait in line to get gas at a Hess station in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Nov. 8, 2012. Fuel shortages and distribution delays that led to gas hoarding prompted New York City and Long Island to initiate an even-odd gas rationing plan. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** A man carries two filled gas cans at a New York gasoline station on Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York that morning after Superstorm Sandy hit the region. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (Associated Press)**FILE** A man carries two filled gas cans at a New York gasoline station on Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York that morning after Superstorm Sandy hit the region. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Drivers refill their vehicles at a station in New York on Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York that morning after Superstorm Sandy hit the region. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (Associated Press)**FILE** Drivers refill their vehicles at a station in New York on Nov. 9, 2012. A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York that morning after Superstorm Sandy hit the region. Police were at gas stations to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad as service is suspended on Nov. 7, 2012, due to an approaching nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (Associated Press)**FILE** Patrons are directed away from the Long Island Railroad as service is suspended on Nov. 7, 2012, due to an approaching nor'easter sweeping the same regions hit by Superstorm Sandy more than a week ago. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Workers use heavy machinery spread sand in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, N.J. A nor'easter smacked the storm-ravaged Jersey shore a week and half after Superstorm Sandy wrecked many of its beaches, dunes and boardwalks, and left low-lying communities newly vulnerable to flooding, wind damage and power outages. (Associated Press)**FILE** Workers use heavy machinery spread sand in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, N.J. A nor'easter smacked the storm-ravaged Jersey shore a week and half after Superstorm Sandy wrecked many of its beaches, dunes and boardwalks, and left low-lying communities newly vulnerable to flooding, wind damage and power outages. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** Brian Meenan of Millwood, N.Y., takes photos and video of items that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in his family's beachfront house on 31st Street on Long Beach Island in Long Beach Township, N.J., on Nov. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)**FILE** Brian Meenan of Millwood, N.Y., takes photos and video of items that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in his family's beachfront house on 31st Street on Long Beach Island in Long Beach Township, N.J., on Nov. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)
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John Bruckner, president of National Grid Long Island transmission and distribution, said he had about 15,000 people working on restoration, including 6,400 linemen from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Matthew Cordaro, co-chairman of the Suffolk Legislature’s LIPA Oversight Committee and a former utility executive, said Con Ed and Public Service Electric & Gas New Jersey did a good job responding to the storm, and LIPA didn’t.

While a storm of that magnitude would challenge any electricity provider, he said LIPA is probably one of the most poorly run utilities and has a “crazy” public-private organizational structure that’s fraught with problems and raises questions of accountability.

 

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