HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (WPIX)—When will the lights come back on? Long Islanders want to know.
As of Friday morning, LIPA reported more than 87,000 outages in Nassau County, almost 55,000 outages in Suffolk and more than 31,000 in Queens.
Hurricane Sandy and additional damage from Wednesday's Nor'easter," LIPA said in its latest statement on its website.
But while LIPA is reporting progress, elected officials say it is too little, too late. Governor Cuomo lashed out at LIPA and other area utility companies for their post Sandy response.
More than a week and a half since the Hurricane swept ashore, thousands remained in the dark. And LIPA has been criticized for its poor performance and communication. Because the state controls the Long Island Power Authority, Cuomo said he would," make every change necessary to ensure it lives up to its public responsibility. It goes without saying that such failures would warrant the removal of the management responsible for such colossal misjudgments."
Residents throughout hard hit Long Island, have complained that LIPA is not answering their questions or addressing their problems. When customers call they get a recording and automated system.
PIX11 news requested a time table for power restoration for various communities and LIPA did not address the question. PIX11 also requested to follow a crew of linemen to show how the utility works and where it is restoring powering. Our request was ignored.
According to LIPA, 14,000 people are currently working to restoring power and the utility has all the of poles, wires, transformers and equipment it needs to restore service to every customer.