Mayor Calls For More Communication from LIPA

Village will give out gas to those with generators who are still in the dark.

Saying LIPA is sending out "mixed messages," Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna blasted the utility's response to the storm after conducting a meeting Tuesday night with village residents who remain without power.

"People were not happy with LIPA," Altadonna said of the meeting. "There are still too many mixed messages out there."

The mayor cited a LIPA official who told him that people who live in areas below Merrick Road were told they couldn't get power switched back on until they received a certificate of inspection.

But Altadonna has said that there have been areas where homes have been turned on without inspection certificates.

Area residents have reached out to Patch about this issue and a LIPA spokesman has not responded to a request for clarification sent out Monday afternoon.

Altadonna said that LIPA has said that clearing major roads and restoring power to schools would be a priority, but Birch Lane school remained closed and in the dark on Wednesday. The mayor said an area of Lake Shore Drive approaching Bethpage  Parkway that has had a tree blocking the area since the storm.

"Whatever the plan is, let's be consistent get it out there," Altadonna said.

Altadonna has had nothing but praise for the job that the Seventh Precinct has done, and announced that they would be dispatching cars south of Merrick Road to provide extra security.

But the mayor said he's also proposing to create a village police force, to provide more concentrated security in the Massapequa area.

Village Hall will remain open "until everyone has power," the mayor said for people who need to go to a warm place.

The Village also announced a new program open to residents only who are without power, but have use of a generator.  Officials will make gas available, to them but Altadonna warned that they will check residency and power status.

The mayor said that new outages have sprung up as a result of Wednesday's storm, and urges any residents to obey any evacuation orders if they come as a result of this newest storm.

As of 1 p.m. LIPA was reporting 2,540 customers without power in Massapequa, 1,103 in East Massapequa, 962 in North Massapequa, and 300 in Massapequa Park.

Debjeb November 08, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Where was this meeting posted or announced? Certainly not on the website which has hardly been touched since 2010! AND: what about propane gas? I have difficulty getting deliveries for my generator!
Susan Gill November 08, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The mayor is right to be angry at LIPA. They dropped the ball, and at this point they should be ashamed of themselves for the terrible job they have done. Before the storm, Gov. Cuomo blasted them for lack of communication and they never heeded his word. During the hurricane week, I lost power for 7 days. I got it back only to lose it again for many hours. I think I only got it back because I called the mayor and he must have pushed very hard to have the alleged blown transformer repaired or replaced quickly. In all honesty, I am sure there are many residents who literally have become traumatized from this storm and from the disgusting way we were treated by LIPA. Residents of Long Island need to band together and insist we get other options than LIPA to provide our power.
Debjeb November 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We should have our own police AND power like Rockville Centre!!!
Susan Gill November 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
You are right Brian. That has been like that since the day of the hurricane. I also heard the delay with a lot of restoration is because LIPA, intelligent beings from another planet, do not have enough poles. LIPA customers must unite to take this monopoly to task. There has to be more choice on Long Island for power.
Sal November 08, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Susan: Your Mayor has done more for you than the cozy, warm and fuzzy Venditto has for his constituents. This is the most unprepared, overpayed and for whatever reason way too long Supervisor without a plan I've seen. The town of Oyster Bay should be a natinal model of efficiency that has become nothing more than an area always tied up in red tape. Thsi storm and his handling it is just the culmination of his lack of forsight. Get out of the warm house Venditto and exert some influence and use some imagination and get your town some heat and power. Make believe your running for office!!!


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