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Massapequa Waits for LIPA

Schools remain closed on Friday, meals to be distributed at Marjorie Post Park.

Massapequa is now into a full-fledged waiting game. 

Officials with the Town of Oyster Bay and Village of Massapequa Park said that the vast majority of area roads have been cleared, leaving residents to play a waiting game for power restoration.

"We're trying to clear every impediment so LIPA can restore power," said Massapequa Park mayor James Altadonna. "We believe by the end of the day we'll have removed all of those impediments."

Altadonna said that there were about seven downed trees that remain in the village that are so entangled in wires, they cannot be removed without assistance from the utility, but otherise, "We're waiting for LIPA," he said.

A spokesman from the town of Oyster Bay said almost all roads are clear, except in the few cases where LIPA needs to come in because of downed wires.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were still 8,203 people without power in North Massapequa, 6,046 in Massapequa, 5,425 in Massapequa Park and 2,929 in East Massapequa.

Officials moved to try to provide services to help residents as they waited for the lights to come back on.

The Town of Oyster Bay announced Thursday that they are going to be handing out water and  free meals at Marjorie Post Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The goods, which are being supplied by the state and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, will also given out at Syosset Woodbury Common Park and Stehli Beach in Bayville.

Earlier, town officials announced they were opening Town Hall North in Oyster Bay and Town Hall South, to people who need a place to charge cell phones.

Businesses at the Westfield Sunrise Mall were allowing customers to charge their electronic devices as well.

Massapequa Public schools were closed on Friday, making it a full week that students have been out of class.

The SAT, which had been scheduled for this Saturday had been postponed until Nov. 17.

The storm cleanup continued as those who live in the coastal areas south of Merrick Road were dealing with heavy damage.

Ruined furniture, appliances and debris were stacked on curbs as residents tried to put their lives back together.

The New York State  Department of Financial Services set up a disaster assistance consumer hotline  at 1-800-339-1759 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Mayhem November 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
On Clark ave in massapequa, traffic light is out on 107 and haven't even seen a LIPA truck drive by in days. Remind me why we pay high taxes to live here? Just like anything else managed by a utility or our government I'm sure the recovery effort hasn't been as efficient as it could be. 7 days now no hot water or heat with a 3 month old at home, just great. Thanks LIPA!
Doreen Mak November 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I live in Nassau Shores 4 blocks from Merrick Road there is no reason we should not have power it is cold and dark and I am losing patience ready to sell and get out I have lived here for 28 years and never took this long stop worring about Dunkin Donuts and get us back our power, Holidays are looking grim.
Jerome November 07, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This was written 6 days ago and we still have no power. WTF????
greg antonacci November 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
we need a tax revolt, but it will take everyone. we pay some of the highest taxes on li and are being ignored. Have we all got the courage?
CHRISTOPHER HELGY November 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM


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