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Denenberg Taskforce Against Recommendation to Privitize LIPA

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.

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.
FedUpRealist January 09, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Lets get a new task force to investigate this task force to make sure that this and prior task forces don't have their hands in the taxpayer-funded cookie jar. All this bureaucracy is BS.
Ralph A. January 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Is there really an answer anymore? Remember the Long Island Lighting Co.? LILCO was a private comapny. LIPA's take over was suppose help to reduce rates. LIPA also took over the debt from Shorham, and so on. After a while it became the same old game. Maybe we should start electing officials to run the company like with members of the school baord. At least the rate and taxpayers will have some say. I'm just saying because nothing else seems to work to help anybody.
sysad2287 January 11, 2013 at 07:27 AM
School Board's aren't much better. How do you think our school taxes got so high?
Ralph A. January 11, 2013 at 09:45 AM
True schools boards aren't better. But at least you can vote somebody out. Otherwise these people will stay in for ever, which they will do in re-elections. I'm all for term limits. Politcians have the big talk about what they're going to do. But no one has the guts to actually stand up to these guys. I'm guessing loosing votes. This isn't just with LIPA, but with other public like LIRR for example, which is another story. LILCO at the time was a private comapny. LIPA's take over just continued and inherited LILCO's debts.

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