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Thousands in East Meadow Still Remain Without Power Weeks After Sandy

Norma Gonsalves said that she was told that residents will have their electricity back by Tuesday night.

Fifteen days after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island, 1,718 customers are still without power as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday, according to LIPA.

Residents expressed their anger and frustration toward LIPA on East Meadow Patch's Facebook page , saying that they feel abandoned by the company and that have not been given straight answers after spending days in cold and dark homes with small children and pets.

Acting Presiding Officer an East Meadow resident, said that she spoke to the CEO of National Grid on Friday.

"I am doing all that I can," she said. "Different areas were restored and I was reassured that all power will be restored by tomorrow night."

Peter Stea November 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Hey Norma, why did it take you 2 weeks to get us that answer. I called LIPA and heard the same thing. Thanks for nothing!!!
Frank T November 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
We just received partial power this morning. Only 1/4 of the house has electric. Called LIPA and there electronic phone message told us to get an electrician even though this is an outside problem. So now we have to waste time and money to hire an electrician to write a letter to LIPA explaining that they need to fix the outside line. If anyone has the same problem make sure you send a copy of the bill to LIPA for reimbursement. Maybe we could get a class action lawsuit going.
marianne krause November 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I totally understand that lipa did a horrible job handling this problem , but i do have to say stop whinning just thank your lucky stars that all you lost was your power. No one in E.M lost their lives or lost anything to the extent that others are suffering through.
Patricia Giovanniello November 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
You can call it whining but I call it pure incompitence and nothing else!!!!!!! There are many who are suffering way more than the EM residents are but that was due to the location of where they lived. Our suffering was due to pure negligence and neglect!!! Interesting how certain legislators had power and we never saw their faces during this whole crisis but we certainly see their faces all over town when they are running for re-election!!!!!!! It would have been nice to know that they were there for their residents in their time of desperate need!!!!!!!! Just sayin'!!!
marianne krause November 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Just sayin!!!! if you lived on long island long enough you should know better then to expect more then what we got from LIPA
Florence Trunk November 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This part of E. Meadow is always neglected; even before Sandy came to town! Creating a "Dog Park" in the Salisbury Area (Gonsalves? neighborhood?) doesn't do much for residents' concerns. (Yes, I do love dogs, but people have more immediate concerns) Until I read Norma Gonsalves" name in the Patch I actually had forgotten that she was recently re-elected to represent us here. So sad that all the Election signs don't mean a thing after the "Big Day" is over. Then again, it's up to residents/citizens to take responsibility for what happens - or doesn't - in their neighborhood. Candidates are chosen by the People & should be held accountable. Same with Lipa - accountability to the ratepayers/how would LIPA feel if they didn't get their utility payment on time??? Will there be a deduction "per dien" from our LIPA bill for every day/week the power was out? And yes, thank you, thank you to all the dedicated crews that did come out to work under some very dangerous conditions.(even while their own families were in the dark & cold)

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