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Foes of the governor’s latest LIPA plan expressed anger over the attempt to shut down the local public hearing in Suffolk earlier this month before allowing Irving Like, a respected former LIPA board member and long time public power advocate from speaking.
Like, a pioneer in the fight against the Shoreham nuclear power plant, had submitted his questions about the plan beforehand, had even emailed the governor’s office requesting an opportnity to speak and sat patiently in the front row waiting to be called.
When the governor’s top aide Larry Schwartz and Regina Calcaterra tried to adjourn the session without calling Like to speak, a number of activists in the audience rose to complain and Like, who had been appointed to LIPA by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, and several other activists, got their chance at the rostrum.