Bloomberg Criticizes LIPA for Response in Rockaway
While the rest of the city is powered by ConEd, Rockaway is serviced by LIPA
Mayor Bloomberg criticized Long Island Power Authority at a press conference Saturday, saying the company had "not acted aggressively enough" in their response to restoring power to the Rockaways.
LIPA handles power on Long Island but also for Rockaway, Queens. The neighborhoods there were hit hard by Sandy, and have been without power since Monday.
In the presser, Bloomberg praised ConEd for making "significant progress restoring power to the city."
Those on the beachfront neighborhoods, though, were not getting the same response from LIPA, he said.
Bloomberg said that, while it was important to restore power to the communities on Long Island, he felt the power company was not acting aggresively enough to help Rockaway.
"The Rockaways were the hardest hit by the storm and when it comes to prioritizing resources, we think they should be first in line," he said. "So far that does not appear to be the case and that is just not acceptable.”