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East Meadow Residents Express Frustration After Nine Days Without Power

As of Tuesday night, more than 3,000 customers remained without power, according to Long Island Power Authority.

Thousands of East Meadow residents still remain without power nine days after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island.

Many commented on the East Meadow Patch Facebook page on Tuesday night, expressing their anger and frustration.

Jaime Hoereth McQuillian called the situation a "disgrace."

"I haven't seen one LIPA truck in my area and burglaries are on the rise," she said. "Shame on all the leaders of this jurisdiction for not being our voice!"

In the last couple of days, East Meadow residents have been flocking to local eateries and to the public library for hot meals, WiFi, power and warmth.

"The power situation is ridiculous," Keith Gramlich said. "LIPA charges the highest rates anywhere and delivers the worst service."

On Tuesday morning, it was announced by the school district that schools were set to reopen on Wednesday, but parents said that children will still come home to dark houses and won't be able to do their schoolwork if the situation continues.

"My daughter already said to me, "how am I supposed to focus when I know you're home alone with no power and then no power for home work,'" Victoria Collins Lodise said. "We were told three days ago that someone was coming out to our area. I'm hanging by a thread right now."

"A lot of the East Meadow children are returning home to no power, no heat, no hot water, no food," Eileen Frize Napolitano said.

Residents said that they were told that workers would come to their areas and did not and that with temperatures dropping and the possibility of another storm coming, the problem needs to be fixed right away.

"East Meadow has been forgotten and its time we get back on track," Hoereth McQuillian said.

mpin November 07, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Nine days. LIPA keeps saying by 11pm tonight, but that's what they are telling every town.
SMC November 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I live on Prospect Ave. In front of my house a light pole broke. To date, a new pole has been put up, but no wires have been connected. The people next door to me have power, the people behind me have power, we are still out. Havent seen a truck or anything and LIOA told me it would be fixed yesterday
Alisa November 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This is a DISGRACE. Won't someone be our voice? EM now has the highest outages of ANYWHERE. Come help us already.
MR November 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I Live in Starke Ave and I have not seen even one utility truck around in days. Our patience is drying out. Our frustration is growing by every hour as there is obsolutely no information about work being done. We tried to reach out to Ed Mangano's office and Kate Murray's office and no response......
mpin November 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I've been tweeting at them constantly, trying to get a more specific response than "Wednesday 11pm." Their outage map says my area is not even assessed or assigned a crew yet, yet they are telling my my power will be back today? What do I believe? I am trying to get a straight answer out of them. Will let you know if they respond.
Lynne Cowell November 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'm on Bellmore road no power for 9 days now.. LIPA is no where to be found! This is awful
mpin November 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
LIPA is supposed to be connecting you to a real human when you call and press option 2, but every time I call I get a recording saying they are too busy, call back. I understand the power crews are doing all the can, it's not their fault. I just want LIPA to be more communicative and more truthful when they do communicate. They seem to be in damage control mode now.
Alisa November 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I just spoke to LIPA and the Wednesday 11PM estimate is BS. There is a substation still out in EM and it's not being fixed, probably because we aren't wealthy enough or powerful enough. This is completely out of hand. And NO ONE seems willing to step in, I also asked if we maintain priority over anyone who loses power today during the new storm adn they said no. I told them there will be rioting if that happens.
mpin November 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It can't just be one substation. There are outages all over various parts East Meadow still. Most of my neighborhood has power (and some never lost power). There's other stuff they are not doing, likely small fixes that aren't getting done because no one is assigned to those blocks.
Kenneth De Nigris November 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
There are three broken poles on Prospect Ave all within 600 feet, I managed to find some Verizon linemen that I used to work with and they placed new poles next to the broken poles. they did this Monday morning. I managed to get a live person on my cell at LIPA Monday and notified them. it is apparent that they do on care. These poles are the reason that Starke Ave , Chambers Ave and the two blocks off of Chambers ave are without power! Wheres LIPA and the "8100" electric workers they claim are in the field???????
mpin November 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Those workers are out there and in the field. They are wherever LIPA tells them to go. Let's remember to NOT take it out on the workers, who are doing the best job they can under the circumstances. This mismanagement of the restoration is not their fault.
Bill Alderman November 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Some people NEED to contact our elected officials like Norma Gonsalves, Gary Hudes, Etc, etc immediately and get them to exact pressure on LIPA management to get us up and running again. They should be OUR voices. And they NEED to make sure we are HEARD. Before it gets worse and something happens that cannot be fixed, repaired or replaced!
Frank T November 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
There are still many sections of the neighborhood that have no power. If you walk down one block there may be power but across the street another block is out. LIPA is aware of where the problems are but are not sending out workers to fix the lines. Keep calling LIPA, Norma, Hudes, Mangano and Murray. They may not answer phones but it's all we could do to put pressure on them.
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
can someone please tell me how you've been able to "talk" to lipa. I always get a recording never a person. can someone post the number for a live lipa rep?
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
we need to organize a demonstration. they are ignoring our phone calls-we should show up en masse at town hall and refuse to leave until we get help.
Ridha November 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I am on Bernice drive I have no power for 11 days now its freezing and no hot water plus we have midterms in college and teachers aspect is to study when there is no way to focus . Lipa told me so many times that they can't do anything only put a note into the account . I hate how they don't send there crews quicker they should hire electricians from other states who doesn't have a job would be happy to help .. Since they can't really take care of the job on there own !!!!!!!!!!:(

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