Gov. Cuomo to audit LIPA over Irene response

FARMINGDALE - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) visited Long Island today in the aftermath of Irene, vowing to launch an investigation into the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) response to the storm. "I've asked for a full review and audit of what LIPA did and didn't do so they can study the situation and make sure it doesn't happen again," Cuomo says. The move comes after many Long Islanders have complained of receiving no information from the utility while being without electricity for days. Critics have suggested that LIPA should consider hiring another company to maintain and manage Long Island's power lines. Currently, LIPA uses National Grid for that work. Legislator Wayne Horsley (D-District 14) agrees, saying that competitors such as Con Edison and PSE&G should be considered when National Grid's contract expires in 2013.

He says LIPA needs to compare the track records of each company's storm restoration timeline.

Meanwhile, Cuomo says his audit of LIPA should begin in the coming weeks.

For an interview with Gov. Cuomo on LIPA's response to Irene, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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