Below is an email from Jon Soldo, a MoveOn member in Huntington Station, NY, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear Inwood MoveOn member,
Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy have been completely unacceptable.
Poor pre-planning has led to more than 50 electrical substations going offline and left more than one million customers without power. Surely these substations could have been located, built, and/or protected better.
Poor response is evident in that initial time frames for repair were given as "7-10 days" and then later bumped to "10-15 days." More than 150,000 customers are still without power a full nine days after the storm. Many are being told, "It could be at least another week."
Calls to customer service provide no estimated repair times for particular addresses, and as of November 7 they are no longer accepting calls. A message simply says, "Due to the high call volume we cannot assign you a representative. Please try again later." To boot, LIPA's text alert system is not functioning.
The fact that LIPA had to bring in thousands of out-of-state workers also speaks volumes about their level of preparedness. Also, the fact that more than 1,500 workers were turned away is simply appalling.
With temperatures dropping and gasoline lines growing, harm that comes to people and their homes now falls on LIPA's shoulders.
For the company that charges some of the highest power rates in the country, this is simply unacceptable. That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to the New York State House and State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo, which says:
If you think LIPA's preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy have been unacceptable, please sign this petition and tell politicians to hold them accountable. Let's make sure this doesn't happen again!
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