Suffolk Coming Online Faster Than the West

Nassau has largest concentration of power outages in state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

Suffolk County power outages are dropping at a faster rate than Nassau County, which “has the bulk of the [power] problem now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Sunday morning news conference.

Just one-third of the initial power outages in the state caused by Hurricane Sandy remain, but the governor said 730,000 customers are still powerless six days later. In Suffolk, outages stand at 133,052, but Nassau is the worst-hit county with 266,000 LIPA customers in the dark.

Chilly weather means the widespread outages, along with a crippling gas shortage, have created a public health crisis for those trying to stay warm.

Westchester (105,000) and Queens (86,000) each also have large populations without power. 

LIPA reports 2,950 linemen and tree trimmers in the field throught Suffolk Sunday, including 383 in the Town of Brookhaven and another 299 in the Town of Huntington.

Looking at LIPA's outage map, it appeared that many crews were working in the Rocky Point and Sound Beach area.

LIPA, in it most recent update, held to its projection to have 90 percent of customers restored by Wednesday night. Locals in hard hit areas in St. James, Port Jefferson and Brookville may have to wait another week after that to see thier lights turned back on.

While recognizing the severity of the storm, Cuomo issued his daily warning to state utilities to do more.

“I will hold them accountable for their performance here 100 percent,” said Cuomo, who also announced the deployment of an additional 850 National Guard troops from four states.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, sitting next to Cuomo, said 86,000 households statewide have registered for federal assistance and that $97 million has already been deposited in accounts.

“All disasters go through cycles. At some point people will think we’re back to normal,” said Fugate, who vowed that FEMA would remain in the state for the duration. “This will not be done in a month. This will not be done in a year.” 

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, called coordination much better now compared to Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. He said FEMA has $7.2 billion to disburse with more funding coming.

But Schumer prodded FEMA on one lingering issue from Irene. “LIPA, which needs to do a whole lot more, is still owed $55 million from Hurricane Irene,” Schumer pointed out.

Schumer, who toured Lindenhurst Saturday, recounted a meeting with one local whose home along the Great South Bay was devastated. When asked if he would rebuild, the man told Schumer: "Look at the view. I have 364 good days and one rotten one. Of course I’m rebuilding." 

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Harriet November 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Now now folks. Let us not lose our wits. Maybe those are the homes of politicians or other important rich people. Hang in there. By this time next week, most everyone should have some power and access to gas. If not, we will sure be closer.
connie cereola November 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Although Coumo means well. He is just irritating the public more instead of calming them down, saying lipa is doing the best they can under circumstances. I just heard 7000 trucks are in from out of state to get these trees down so lipa can work..I still don't have power. I can't blame anyone. State of emergency.
Debra Gherardi November 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Scares me to think about what would happen if we ever got hit with worse storm.we can't handle this one.in this day an age we have to be without electric for weeks?total lack of communication with lipa.all they say is they r working on it.have not seen one truck.
jhennessy November 05, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Imagine if shoreham nuke station were still operating, or had an emergency during this mess? Where would we all go before we began to glow! !
jared November 05, 2012 at 01:40 AM
you do realize how many nuclear plants are actually operating in the path sandy took right? ...... 12, some are located in multiple unit facilities............................. yea now id reexamine that statement.
Stinker November 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
*ahem* bull* *cough* *shi* ahem *t*
jared November 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
*ahem*bull*cough**** http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/hurricane-sandy-vs-nuclear-power-plants-riding-out-the-storm**shi* ahem *t* OH WAIT YOU WERE JUST PROVED WRONG. IT WAS A LOT MORE THEN 12 nice try though
jared November 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
lol tr/tl/kr
Stinker November 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I hate to break it to you but I was actually responding to the article - certainly not to some testy stranger who decided to post a comment under an article with no relation to the context of said article in the first place. The fact that I didn't hit the ''reply'' button is a dead give-away that I wasn't replying to you.
Argile November 05, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Of course they'll get Suffolk and Nassau counties back online faster than everyone else. Where else is the state of NY going to get their tax money to fund all the freeloaders that infest upstate NY, Manhattan and everywhere else in NY other than Long Island....
Jaguar-Guy November 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Let's pray everyone has power, heat and food asap.
Chris November 05, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Please direct your attn to LIPA who states that undergrounding is too expensive or too difficult, and by their estimates would take 30 years and 25 Billion Dollars. This from the mouthpieces who have been so honest and open thus far. Ok, maybe. A couple of issues: 1: How much did LIPA spend in disaster restoration in the last 10 years. What are the total losses in $ for us all in the last 10 yrs. Then: is it cost effective to repair antiquated equipment or harden our electrical infrastructure 2: The consulting firm NAVIGANT who commissioned the 2005 rept that attacks burying lines is LIPAs IN HOUSE FIRM that consults for them on any # of issues and employs people who have worked for lipa or worked for Navigant. Meaning they are hardly objective. Look it up. We do not have the full story here. LIPA (relax, not the guys in the street) is to blame for our fuel shortages, being in the cold and without power. Plain and simple. Strengthening our system means less outages. This should be our mantra starting now.
pmc0757 November 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Well I live in Smithtown. I am not rich or a politician. I do not have electricity and will not be getting it until at least Wednesday. I am not in one of the 'hard hit' areas. I dont live in St. James. I got this from one of the LIPA crews. At least I was able to get an answer. LIPA's lack of communication other than just press releases is BS. Harriet - do you have heat and hot water? If so you shouldnt be telling people to keep their wits while you sit in a nice warm house and shower. Please dont state go to a shelter. Would you leave your house. We are dressing warmly and staying. The guys in the street are doing a great job. Just remember it was our Governor's father who made this debacle. Mario created LIPA. Which was worse LILCO or LIPA and no they are not the same thing.
Tre November 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
All lines should be burried. We are in an area with underground wires and it is great. Looks better. Trees are free to grow. Barely looses power. Transformers blow and we are out but that is usually all. No poles to replace. Car have less of a chance of crashing into them in the snow and ice. I think it is the way to go. Do one neighborhood at a time and slightly increae there bill for a year or so this way it can be done. Cablevision and fios run all new lines and costs a lot less per month than electric.
bhockey November 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Where's Frank Petrone? The town board? Not a word. Frank you came out screaming at LIPA then disappeared...listening to radio all Town Sups on the air, but not you...thanks for not being there, guess you retired.
Laura Jean November 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Have only partial power with no power to my burner and half of my house. I've been told by the LIPA crew that I did see in a parking lot eating that it's a quick fix but they need a 'ticket' to fix it. LIPA says that 'ticket' may take until DECEMBER to be issued. It makes no sense to add to the displaced in this disaster by not taking the 10 minutes the line crew said it would take to fix. LIPA has always been inefficient and Long Islanders will continue to be given sub-standard service because we don't have the will to make them change. And I don't buy the tough talk by all the politicians; it's too easy to verbally beat up on LIPA because they are despised but turn around and do absolutely NOTHING to change the situation.
WARREN November 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
take a lude,he has been all over huntington
WARREN November 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Ed November 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Well, maybe LIPA should send some of the crews from Suffolk to Nassau. I have been without power since Monday and haven't seen a LIPA truck or even an out of state crew anywhere. Those 10,000 crews must be hiding somewhere. Cuomo, Schumer and the rest of the politicians are useless.
Shragi Schupak November 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I agree with you. Bury all the utility lines its been proven that they are less vulnerable to damage and outages then conventional overhead lines. I notice that when roadways are widened and improved the power lines are pushed back. Instead of pushing them back thats when they should start putting them underground. It would be a good start,
AF November 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Undergrounding is not as good as everyone thinks it is. I have friends out of state in Georgia and when the power goes out they have to dig up all the wires to check it. First they have to get a dig up order before it can be done and then they have to dig up the wires to check and find out what is wrong before they can fix it. Imagine having that here we would not get power back for more then a month if this had to be done in the event of a hurricane we had. At least Lipa has easy access to the wires above ground to see what is wrong and fix them. I live in Holbrook and we had an out of state truck fix our electric from North Carolina. It was a wite truck with their name on it in small print. You may not see Lipa trucks because there are other companies working here.
pbug56 November 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
We finally got LIPA contracted tree trimmers late yesterday, but they lost a lot of time when LIPA neglected to send someone to turn power off on certain lines. Tree cutting resumed this morning and I think pole crews are starting to show up - many poles here in East Northport were destroyed (even if the lines attached to them stayed connected in some cases).
Dan Elton November 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
also, if Shoreham had been allowed to go online, our electricity bills would be a hell of a lot cheaper and maybe people wouldn't mind paying the high costs associated with burying lines underground... thus avoiding these power outages altogether.
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