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Hervey Resigns LIPA Post

Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey has resigned, effective the end of 2012.

LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey has resigned.

His resignation is effective at the end of December, according to a statement issued by Long Island Power Authority Chairman Howard E. Steinberg.

"Mike has provided 12 years of valuable service to LIPA, including taking on the responsibility to perform the functions of CEO of the organization over the past two years," Steinberg stated. "Mike has played a leadership role in connection with the planned structural changes at LIPA going forward which will result in better service and accountability to LIPA’s customers in the years ahead."

It was a lack of solid service and accountability that helped turn LIPA into a lightning rod in the wake of Sandy, which knocked more than 900,000 customers off the grid, many of whom struggled without power for more than a week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo skewered LIPA's inability to restore power after the storm and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stopped dealing with LIPA headquarters, adding that it was easier for him to deal with local substations because power authority officials didn't know where their resources were.

 Hervey's responsibilities include oversight of LIPA’s Transmission and Distribution business. In addition, he oversees the organization of the corporate office and contractual outsource agreements.

Hervey stepped in as acting CEO in 2010 after former chief Kevin Law resigned the job to take over as chief executive of the Long Island Association.

Story by David Reich-Hale.
Earl November 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
You have to be in a union to be certified? Thats a completely moronic statement if I ever saw one! Unions do nothing buck take money from working people, nothing more.
leslie November 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Why until Dec. He already left after LIPA screwed up. He should get no Pension maybe he should live like the residents of L.I. paycheck to paycheck wondering if he should get heat for the home or get groceries for his kids.. The Pension should be NULL AND VOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!
S.M. November 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Get rid of the whole thing and start over. Monopolies don't work!
Joe Schmoe November 14, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Dave M is a fool. The class action settlement could involve massive power bill reimbursements for all Long Island residents. If LIPA is disbanded then they won't be able to pass these "bills" along to consumers. Obviously, Dave M has ulterior motivations for being a LIPA apologist.
Joe Schmoe November 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
You don't know what you're talking about Phil. LIPA charges among the highest utility rates in the country, and yet continues to operate with antiquated wiring and so forth that would put even the most unscrupulous electricians and used car dealers to shame. LIPA and its parent company have been pocketing the utility payments and putting nothing back into the infrastructure. After Irene, nobody in the tri-state area would begrudge a power company if they spent money to upgrade the infrastructure. Like I said, you don't have the slightest clue, especially considering that you're attempting to speak on behalf of all Long Island residents.
Ian Grossman November 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Aside from the storm, LIPA is rated the worst utility company in the United States. Having no power, no heat, no water was terrible. It could have been a lot worse. It is managements fault and NOT the workers. The workers can only do what they are allowed to do and no more. Kudos to those that work in the front line, Damn shame to management handcuffing the employees and the customers.
Jenn November 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Many of you say that LIPA is doing the best they can - maybe now, after the fact, they are -- however, what about the poles that never would've snapped if it wasn't for the fact that they were neglected and needed to be replaced long ago. I had the pleasure of speaking with a crew yesterday who told me that many of the poles that snapped were so brittle and old - they were surprised that there was no protocol in place to replace them in a certain period of time. I know people yell at LIPA for not trimming trees - but when they do, everybody screams because they lop half the tree off and it looks stupid. Well, not only does it look stupid, but remove half a tree top also makes for dangerous lop-sided trees. How about we instead get the towns to stop planting trees on the pole side of streets? Or better yet, put the lines underground. The other problem is this 25 year old computer system - WTF? No business worth their salt keeps the same computer system in place for 25 years. We give them enough money, why haven't they replaced it? If they took just $1 from each of our homes (out of money we already give them) they would have had 1 million - 2 months would have given them 2 million -- how much do they need for a new system? So maybe, just maybe they did they best they could AFTER the storm, but what about BEFORE?
Frank November 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
@ John. LIPA doesn't do the hiring. The Board of Trustees do, and they're appointed by the State. If another hump gets that position it's because NYS put them there. this LIPA fiasco is because NYS mismanaged it.
Frank November 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@ Villager. Let's not forget a Dietitian sits on the LIPA Board. Carrot sticks anyone?
Frank November 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
@ SLJ. It's called spin and he's a master at it.
Frank November 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Don't forget the healthy snacks provided by Suzette Smookler!
Joe Schmoe November 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Yeah, that's what you said after the hurricane last year. "LIPA will learn from this." No you won't. You didn't before and nobody has good reason to believe you will this time. LIPA made zero effort to upgrade their infrastructure despite charging the highest rates in the country (among them anyway).
Dave M. November 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Joe, you are a schmoe. Where do you think these "massive reimbursements" are going to come from?? The LIPA fairy? LIPA is US, the ratepayers. If you get some great satisfaction from taking money from your right pocket and putting it into your left pocket, that's great. Except the money that goes into your left pocket will be minus the 33% that went into the attorney's pocket. My ulterior motive is to not throw away money on some BS lawsuit taht won't benefit anyone except the attorney(s).
Kathy Todd November 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Suffering on Long Island as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws NY Times (www.nytimes.com) November 13, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/nyregion/long-island-power-authoritys-flaws-hindered-recovery-efforts.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121114 It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant. But discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds. The trustees’ approach toward the looming disaster reflects deep-rooted problems at the authority that have hobbled its response, causing hardship for hundreds of thousands of its customers, according to an examination of its performance by The New York Times. The bungling of the storm has called into question the authority’s very future.
Ralph Nesberino November 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Jenn, I agree with you. This "witches brew" has been over the fire for so long, it smells worse than .... fill in the blank. Nobody was fully prepared for this storm. We've had the same senerio years ago-- nothing changed, and nothing really improved. I have lived most of my life in Nassau County, the names changed, the politicians came and went, but the underlying basic structures have survived, and not for the better. We put our faith and trust in the powers that be; however, there are so many "leaders" it is hard to figure out who ultimately is truely responsible. The pie is sliced up in so many pieces, it looks like a scrabble board. Even the homeowners could have played a better hand. Open your eyes people. TREES and WIRES DO NO MIX!!!!!! Why did so many wires fall?? THE TREES--- on YOUR property. If the curbside trees were too large, the homeowner should have given permission to the town to take it down, or hired a company. "TREES TOO BIG TO FALL ".. Massapequa Park allowed the curbside trees to become so large, the sidewalks and curbs are bulging out/ many of them came down putting people at risk. Shame on them for not following up on their own policies/ and/ or lack of policy.
Frank November 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
@ Jenn. How can LIPA move forward with a clueless board in charge of overseeing the utility? Jenn, a dietitian sits on the board. these are the type of people NYS lawmakers think are best suited to oversee a utility? So your statement is very true, but I would like to re-phrase it "...maybe they did they best they could AFTER the storm, but what they did nothing BEFORE the storm..."
Greg Martinez November 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I don't claim to be an expert on utilities. However, it is my understanding that LIPA (Long Island Power Authority) is just that, an "Authority," meaning it is controlled by government. Whereas (LILCO) was the Long Island Lighting Company, meaning a private entity. If I am correct, then if there were any failures in management it is a failure by government and not the private sector. BTW, I was without power almost two weeks, and I certainly do not blame the linemen. Their job is hard and they earn their money. Decisions about manpower, resources, planning, and organizing repair work comes from management. I always thought it was a mistake going from LILCO to LIPA. No organization is perfect (particularly large organizations), but I never understood those who thought going from a private utility to a government utility would be an improvement.
Bill Riley November 14, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Well, we won't have Hervey to kick around anymore...
Dave M. November 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
You're right Mike. Joe the Schmoe thinks we're all going to get a big windfall from the lawsuit. The only windfall will be to the sleazy attorneys that filed this. If the attorneys are your neighbors, you should let them know that this is a bad idea for LIPA customers.
S.M. November 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I remember seeing those signs and bumper stickers years ago..."get out of NY while you still can." A lot of truth to that.
Dave M. November 14, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The plaintiffs will each get $10, but will pay an additional $13-$14 on their bills to cover the fees of the bottom-feeding lawyers.
Dave M. November 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Verizon won't replace the poles and has decimated its workforce for a very good reason: Hardly anyone has regular telephone service anymore. They either use cellphones or they have telephone through their cable company. If you don't have any business, you don't need poles OR employees. It's not some anti-union conspiracy, isn spite of how you see it.
NH'S overtaxed November 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Relax people the news that Kaiman is being considered for LIPA is not true it is made up by the cable company as payback to Kaiman Coumo may be a politician but he is not stupid he must know what a failure Kaiman has been as a supervisor , from corruptions and the arrest in his building department to his refusal to allow the county to audit his books , but just to be sure we should all call Coumo's office to let him know about our first hand experience with Mr. Kaiman please call (518) 474-8390
chris November 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Wait until you see the package he retires with.....
villager November 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM
....and the top NatGrid electric exec gets a promotion (today's Newsday).
Frank November 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@ Greg. don't be so hard on yourself. Suzette Smookler, the Dietitian, is apparently an expert on utilities! Just ask Sen. Dean Skelos!
K. November 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If we all had windmills, and solar panels on our rooves (wherever they've blown to) none of this would have happened.
Kathy Todd November 15, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The discussion of the storm, lasted just 39 seconds during the LIPA Board of Directors meeting, several days prior to Hurricane Sandy. Reported by the NY Times in their investigation. Suffering on Long Island as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws NY Times (www.nytimes.com) November 13, 2012
Greg Fischer November 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The Governor and the TWO County executives are opposing and blocking LIPA reform. If any of them consents to ELECTED LIPA TRUSTEES by way of Fischer v. NYS Board of Elections, EDNY CV-12-5397 (also in the NYS Court of Appeals), just so we can have elected LIPA trustees, we do not need any further state, legislative, or other approvals to have OPEN CITIZEN GOVERNANCE of LIPA by way of Elected Trustees. All that has to happen now is a simple consent and this very important reform can open LIPA to competition and let towns create their own Municipal Power Authorities like Greenport that pays 40% less for electricity, creates GOOD LOCAL JOBS, and only had one hour of blackout. Please don't let them lie to us any longer --- hold them accountable. Thanks
Nancy Evans Figat November 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM
That makes 2 of us. New york full of corruption and growing larger. Where is our country? The one our forefthers gave their lives for?

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