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East Meadow Residents Say They Feel Abandoned by LIPA

Residents said that they are angry that after 10 days without power they are not getting any answers.

Brandy Baciak Cowell said that her son's only wish for his sixth birthday on Thursday is to get the power in their home restored after living in 10 days of darkness.

"It is below 50 degrees in my house and I have a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old, it is unbearable" Baciak Cowell said on East Meadow Patch's Facebook page on Wednesday. "I haven't seen a LIPA truck yet."

Thousands have remained without power more than a week and said that they feel abandoned by the Long Island Power Authority. On Wednesday, many expressed their anger via phone calls, emails and Facebook.

"It's ridiculous," Julie Papa said. "Our outages were due to down trees and wires, not flooding. I can understand why the south shore is taking so long because there is a risk of fires from the water damaged electricity. What is the hold up over some trees and wires? Ten days is excessive."

Christy Louzeiro said that she has contacted LIPA and has not gotten a straight answer in days.

"Social media has become the main source of news for those of us without power," she said. "There is no communication what so ever and no one is stepping up and telling us anything. There is a lot of panic because of rumors."

Louzeiro's husband, Roy, agreed.

"Our local officials are failing us," he said. "They should be speaking out."

According to an article in the East Meadow Herald, County Legislator Norma Gonsalves, who regained electrical power at her East Meadow home on Sunday, said that she is not happy with the way LIPA is handling the problem.

“It’s a very sad situation,” she said. “I am extremely frustrated, I’m disappointed and I am angry. I feel for my constituents and I feel for my neighbors.”

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, an East Meadow resident, told the Herald that LIPA's performance was "horrendous."

“They’ve done a horrible, horrible, failure of a job,” he said. “They failed to prepare for the storm beforehand."

LIPA posted a statement on it's website that said that the organization was working on its goal of restoring power to 90 percent of all customers affected by Hurricane Sandy by Wednesday night.

East Meadow residents however, don't believe it. 

"The LIPA person I spoke to today essentially told me you won't have power back for another week or more," Alisa Jodi said on Facebook. "They have not even touched my area which is behind the New York Sports Club. Our substation hasn't been repaired, none of the lines picked up, nothing. We are being ignored and it's unacceptable."

Sharon Oderwald said that she has a 5-year-old daughter with cancer who is having a procedure on Monday. She said that she called LIPA and they told her that she had to make other arrangements.

"Truly if it was just me I could handle it, but I'm broken up over my daughter who on top of everything else is exhibiting more and more anxiety," she said.

Louzeiro said the situation is beyond heartbreaking and frustrating.

"East Meadow is not a priority," she said. "We are homeless in our own homes."

Brian November 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
If LIPA has TRULY restored power to almost 90 percent of LI, then why aren't the 12,000 workers being dispersed to the areas that still have not seen an ounce of electricity in over a week? Their daily messages love to boast about how many customers they've taken care of since the storm hit, so shouldn't they have an overabundance of electrical workers and tree trimmers to finish restoring power to all those areas that were not affected by flooding? The fact that PSE&G is taking over for National Grid regarding management duties at LIPA in 2014 makes me think that those in control couldn't care less about doing a satisfactory job. The "higher ups" know they're lame ducks who will be out of their jobs in two years anyway. If only Cuomo could do something other than metaphorically shake his fist at LIPA on TV. He's made so many idle threats at this point, I don't blame LIPA for shrugging them off. The consumers of Long Island need CHOICES. If there were other companies competing for customers, LIPA would have much more of an incentive to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
Rebecca November 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Everyone who has a basement and who won't or can't go someplace with power, please stay in your basement. It's warmer there thus time of year by about 9 degrees; the ground is a great insulator. I second and third everyone's comments. LIPA is treating thousands of us very, very badly!!
Aaron November 07, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Could Patch not bother to call Norma or Tom? I've spoken with both this week easily ... try some original reporting, please! Assemblymen MeKevitt had a lot more to say and has been a huge help ... Patch should be a resource in a diaster like this, but there's just refurbished news from other sources non-stop, or reading a LIPA map
Mary Marsh November 08, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I feel your pain am in the Barnum woods area, live right cross the the street from the elementary school who have power and I don't that is BS
Lily November 08, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Why LIPA and a mayer also ask support to another companies in NYC for the restoration in Long Island? This is critical!
Kiran Bhatt November 08, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Every one is talking about LIPA and rightfully so. But what about National Grid, who put their name on all LIPA buildings? Are they not the company hired to operate and maintain the distribution system? And it is the distribution system that is hit bad. There downed poles on almost every street which have not yet been attended to. Isn't that National Grids fault. We should get some money back from National Grid for not doing their job.
Lana Sydor November 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I am 11 days without a power...in Merrick and I did see around any bid damages ... Can anybody tell me what is going on... LIPA are you still here????
Katy November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am in Westbury...also on day 11 with no power. The last time I saw a LIPA truck was Saturday. Since then, NOTHING. I am beginning to think we will never get power turned back on.
SMC November 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
11 days and counting, in East Meadow, as well. Now the wires are sagging even further than they were before under the weight of the snow.
Laura November 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
When I get my extremely high as usual bill and don't pay it, is LIPA going to cut my power? @!$%@?! I'm in East Meadow and haven't seen any LIPA trucks yet. No call backs from them and still cant reach them by phone. Not LIPA, LIRA LONG ISLAND RIPOFF AUTHORITY. I spoke to them once on 10/30 not reachable since, and not only were they unhelpful but they were rude and unprofessional. I was polite but now I' m disgusted. Julie at LIPA you should be ashamed!
MOSI November 08, 2012 at 06:16 PM
File complains on LIPA at http://www.dps.ny.gov/complaints. This is just unreal!
Rosemary Leonetti November 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
East Meadow Library is a godsend. They have dozens of stations set up for power and internet access. Library staff providing coffee tea and cookies. Many thanks!
david curran November 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
sad to say it over and over LIPA SUCKS!!!!!!!!
Carol Miller November 09, 2012 at 03:00 AM
11 days and counting! I can't believe how we don't even have a choice in power companies. I saw one LIPA truck in 11 days! Why don't they level with us and tell us when we are really getting our power back! LIPA is a total disaster!
Kim November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I'm in Levittown and have the same problem. While areas around us are getting their power back, there hasn't been a truck on my street since the day after the storm. There's a wire under a downed tree next door and until I see someone come to fix that, I know the power won't be turned on. My husband told them about it on10/30, and they just nodded and left.
Tara Kniss November 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
LIPA finally restored my power after 10 days without. I have many friends in the area still without power, with small children and it is disgraceful. And although I have power, the wires in my yard are still down, and the LIPA crew completely demolished my lawn in the backyard. I will not pay my bill until they clean up the mess they made. How do you leave wires in a yard, where clearly children play? I have a large swingset and the wires are hanging behind and across my deck.

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