Poll: Most LIers approve of LIPA, but want changes

While local residents often complain about the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a recent News 12/Hofstra University poll has revealed that the majority of people approve of the utility.

The poll results show that 12 percent of responders strongly approve of the job LIPA is doing, while 41 percent somewhat approve of the job. Twenty-one percent of Long Islanders say they somewhat disapprove of LIPA, followed by 17 percent who strongly disapprove, with 9 percent undecided.

However, even those customers who have a positive view of LIPA believe there is room for improvement. Forty-one percent of responders say the state Public Service Commission should have to approve all rate increases, 26 percent believe LIPA board members should be elected rather than appointed, and 14 percent say the utility should become private.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a bill requiring LIPA to get the approval of the state Public Service Commission for any rate hike of 2.5 percent or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has until the end of the year to either sign the bill into law or veto it. ResultsSummary Report

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