Governor: LIPA Failed, Was Unprepared
Andrew Cuomo says the utilities, especially its leaders, need to be revamped.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday had a few harsh words for the power authorities: You failed.
Cuomo, in a press briefing, called the Long Island Power Authority and other New York power utilities in general “archaic” and “unprepared” for the lashing Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Athena gave the Long Island and New York metropolitan area.
“This is a 1950s system with these utilities that are regulated by the the state, but they are bureaucracies that are in many ways a monopoly,” Cuomo said, adding that “it’s a system that just doesn’t work for New York in an emergency crisis situation.”