Man Arrested in Attack on L.I. Electrical Worker

By Greg Cergol and Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 1:02 PM EDT
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Anger is growing at LIPA as outages stretch into a third week, and a class action lawsuit is filed against the power company and National Grid. It claims the utilities' negligence before and after Sandy borders on criminality. Greg Cergol reports.

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Anger is growing at LIPA as outages stretch into a third week, and a class action lawsuit is filed against the power company and National Grid. It claims the utilities' negligence before and after Sandy borders on criminality. Greg Cergol reports.

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A 34-year-old Long Island man has been accused of punching an electrical worker in the face and breaking his nose after a dispute outside a Mineola restaurant, police say.

Police say Thomas Libretto, of Levittown was arrested Tuesday after authorities connected him to the Friday attack.

Police had believed that the electrical lineman was attacked by a resident frustrated after days without power. But authorities said Wednesday that they initially did not have the full story from the victim, who they now believe was attacked because he was urinating near Libretto's car.

Libretto faces assault charges and is scheduled to be arraigned later this month. Information on an attorney wasn't available.

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