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Denenberg Taskforce Against Recommendation to Privatize LIPA

Disaster Response Taskforce tells Moreland Commission 'LIPA must remain a public entity.'

Story by Jaime Sumersille.

Empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Moreland Commission is recommending that the Long Island Power Authority be shut and replaced with a private company.

According to a Newsday article, the Commission said LIPA had a "fundamental dysfunctional management structure."

The Commission was created to investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York's power utility companies with respect to several major storms impacting the state.

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In December 2012, Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, also formed a Disaster Response Taskforce, comprised of civic leaders and residents committed to ensuring that viable solutions are implemented post-storm.

In a Dec. 20 statement, this Taskforce submitted an extensive comment to the Commission. It was prepared by Prepared by Cindy Kouril, Esq. and
Claudia Borecky.

"Our Taskforce adamantly believes that LIPA must remain a public entity," the statement read."

Rather the Taskforce would like "federal money be sought to pay off Shoreham’s debt and invest in infrastructure improvements, such as installing underground wiring."

An estimated 20 percent LIPA rate hike is another reason the Taskforce is against privatization.

"Further, as a public entity, LIPA can receive federal grants," they wrote. "The federal government is reimbursing LIPA for expenses incurred with Hurricane Sandy, which would not have been possible were our power provided by a private company."

Do you think LIPA should be privatized? Tell us in the comments section.
Chris January 10, 2013 at 03:09 PM
"I am from the Government, and I am here to help you." The most frightening words in the English language!!!!
Chris January 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Commissions, blue ribbon panels, and task force. When are we going to get some real "Leaders?"
johnguthrieyates January 11, 2013 at 09:20 AM
It's not a question of who ... but how ... this utility is run and until it is once again completely and totally answerable to the New York Public Service Commission. Until this is changed back to the way it used to be, we haven't achieved a thing. Dennenberg's plans ... I heard it calls for hiring all the unemployed "Umpa Lumpa's" from the Wonka factory. I have learned to simply "lower my expectations" when ever he ha an idea

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