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Mayor: No Words to Express My Frustration with LIPA’s Management

Mayor Don Brudie speaks out about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation the storm caused the village.

Mayor Don Brudie speaks out about Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. (Credit: Ed Rotondo)
Mayor Don Brudie speaks out about Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. (Credit: Ed Rotondo)
(Editor's Note: The following is a statement from Mayor Don Brudie about Hurricane Sandy.)

I do not have to tell you that we experienced a devastating hurricane that crippled Nassau County. As of this writing, a number of residents including myself and my family, are still without power and heat. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), over whom we have no control, is solely responsible for our electric service.  However, knowing that LIPA cannot access its equipment if roads are impassable or pole lines not accessible from downed trees, our Village Departments worked day and night to cut and remove fallen trees from roadways, sidewalks and homes. The damage we sustained to Village trees is not only beyond imagination, but incalculable at this time.

I cannot commend nor thank our village employees enough for their dedication, loyalty and stamina. Each and every employee experienced the same problems as did we in their personal lives - some worse as they dealt also with flooding - yet they all came to work leaving their families and homes unattended to make our village roads passable and safe.

While this massive cleanup was - and still is - going on, we were unable to communicate with our residents by way of our Swift Reach Call Service or Internet due to the area-wide power outage. Information was printed on our website but was extremely limited because of lack of reliable sources.

Also, I want to assure you that although we were not in communication, I have participated in twice daily conference calls with LIPA. I have expressed my outrage on behalf of all of us who have been and continue to be without power.

The information they have provided has been nothing more than warmed over press releases, failing to either identify specific plans or comment to timelines.  There are no words to express my frustration with LIPA’s management - nor are there words to express my gratitude to those crews who have come from all over the country and Canada to work to restore power.

Finally, please know that our local elected county and state officials have worked tirelessly to contend with the devastation left by “Sandy.” Special thanks to Kemp Hannon for his efforts in helping me to get Garden City back on line. As life slowly returns to normal, let us keep in our thoughts and prayers those who have lost everything - for whom complete recovery may never come.
Daniel Malito November 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes, totally agreed. For more info on how out-of-state crews are being treated, check out this interview. http://www.facebook.com/dpmalito/posts/506437639374129
Bill Sweeney November 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Union rules...they're all about th little guy.
Elle November 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM
We need Power and Heat! We have over 10 trees down on power lines between Willow and Meadow, the East end and no one is doing anything about it! LiPA will do nothing till trees are removed and no one is working to remove them. We have no communication news, tv, Internet , telephones... Some one from gc town should come door to organize the efforts Where is anyone?? V
Steve F November 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Elle....that would be the GC village mayor who dropped the ball on the tree removal. Hiring tree trimming companies for the Saturday after the storm wasnt very responsible. At least the village is deflecting all responsibility to LIPA.
Steve F November 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Door to door response would be nice, but who are we kidding, most neighbors in GC have trouble getting their garbage picked up on a regular basis. lol
Rob C November 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Where have ANY of our elected officials been? The disaster response has been PATHETIC. How about a press conference on 7th Street to let the residents know what was going on? How about setting up a Facebook page to keep the residents up to date on the efforts of the elected officials? Instead we get a letter how many days after the storm trying to assure us everyone on his end is working hard?
Steve F November 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Just keep paying your taxes Rob. The village will keep pointing to LIPA. 2 weeks later and the streets are still littered with downed trees and branches
ursula edwards November 12, 2012 at 08:30 AM
There is no excuse for the lack of information/communication in the age of social media. The village needs to hire a teenager.
D.R.St-Jacques November 13, 2012 at 09:48 AM
I feer that our Village might becomming like LIPA. LIPA's difficulty, in part was due to a lack of a proper maintenance, throughout the year. When a storm hit the damage was very great. It seems that our village should have had the leaves picked up, before the storm, and proper tree trimming done on village trees. A good and proper maintenance plan is needed in the Village.