What Do YOU Want Answered?

You pose the questions of public authorities; we'll get answers for you.

As Long Island comes to grip with the brutal realities of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, our readers have questions:

We'll help you get the answers.

Pose your specific questions here, in the comment thread on this story.

Specifically, what do you want to know from:

  • LIPA
  • Nassau County and County Executive Ed Mangano.
  • Oyster Bay and Supervisor John Venditto.
  • New York State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

We'll attempt to contact any and all of them with your specific questions.

Evan November 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Why can't LIPA give just a general idea when power will be on in the plainview area. An estimate would be great. Doesn't have to be specific to anyone location, just something to work with. ConEd has given general estimates (i.e., power will be back to lower manhanttan where building generators weren't damaged by Saturday). How is this so difficult for LIPA. Just tell us when Plainview will be back at 100% and help people plan for the upcoming cold whether!
Sharon November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
When is Plainview going to be back on? My house is an icebox and its only going to get colder. I have not seen one Lipa truck in my neighborhood and I have a down wire in my backyard. There's only general answers that are given such as 14 days. Manetto Hill road is a complete disaster it took them 7 hours yesterday to block off that wire when I called all lipa the police and the fire department. I know this was a storm of a massive destruction and we are lucky but it is FREEZING!!!
Kevin November 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I'm with Evan. LIPA should at least give us some sort of date. I wonder if Mr. Mangano and Mr. Vendito wish they had all the Civil Service workers back they layed off. Doesnt anybody think we need them now!!! I'm a retired Civil Servant, and all the layed off workers shouldnt have been let go. We will never learn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SP November 02, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I need answers on following questions from the authorities 1. Why can't LIPA give a realistic estimate of restoration process? 2. Why can't LIPA give a real time status of the restoration progress? All we have been seeing for last 4 days is Assessing Conditions and not even a single LIPA truck in the neighborhood. 3. It is very clear that LIPA was nowhere close to being prepared to tackle this emergency inspite of multiple warnings about the severity of the storm. Who will be answerable to this? 4. During Irene when it was a Tropical Storm there were 500k outages. Now after Category 1 Storm there are almost 1M outages. Next year if Category 2 storm hits are there going to be 100% outages with 2 months restoration time? What has LIPA learnt from this and what are the long term measures being taken to address emergencies such as this?
Shari November 02, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I was told that before I can get an estimate LIPA must first come to my street an assess the damage. As of last night, they couldn't even tell me when they would be onmy block to assess the situation!
Shari November 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I called LIPA last night and was told that they have to come assess my street before they can give me an estimate. They couldn't give me an estimate on when they are coming to assess my street!
joe November 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
How come the local schools are not open for the community to go to? We pay taxes to have those schools, and now they will not help us in anyway. What the Hell!
Beth November 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
When will Washington Avenue be dealt with? High School is off this road and there are large trees down with wires...shouldn't the main road to the high school be dealt with?
Mike November 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
What was done that can be considered as "prevention" by LIPA before the storm? I understand that you cannot prevent or prepare for every circumstance, but I am in the middle of the Island and it looks like there was no storm around my neighborhood, yet we have not had power for days and remain without power, while other areas that were ravaged have power. I see several crews in the Manhasset Hills area, yet there is not a single crew near my neighborhood on LIPA's map.
Ozone Park Native November 03, 2012 at 10:57 AM
I would like to know WHY lipa crews out there are now REFUSING to work with the people who just came from other states to help us! From what I am to understand, the lipa field techs WILL NOT work with the other people because they are Non-Union. Now, if this is true I want answers and action immediately. While I am a union supporter, this is not the time to set the big rat up! This is a time when we need to pull together and get out there and help each other. Whatever differences there are right now - I'm asking, begging - put them aside and get to work. Enough with this already. The CEO's & CFO's of lipa and con ed need to tell their field crews to get over it right now. We have thousands of people with no homes and no where to go. I would like to hear from Mr. Cuomo if in fact what I've heard is true.


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