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NY panel: Nix LI power company after Sandy failure

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The commission says LIPA was unprepared for Superstorm Sandy, then inept in its response.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appoints leaders of the LIPA board, would have to approve privatization.

The commission, created by Cuomo after sharp criticism of utilities in restoring power to more than 2 million customers, issued its initial report Monday.

Under state law, the Moreland Commission can be created by a governor to investigate public concerns. Cuomo said utilities appeared woefully unprepared for the storm, saying they even lacked a stockpile of power poles to replace those broken by falling trees.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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