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Cuomo-LIPA relations in the flickering spotlight
In all the official televised briefings on the continuing emergency wrought by superstorm Sandy, the matter of who wields power over the widely criticized Long Island Power Authority might have been left unclear.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, nearly halfway into his elected term now, made a point of channeling public anger at the utility and others. But just to clarify a bit: While LIPA acts as a sort of holding company with National Grid the power supplier, top state leaders -- including the governor -- pick members of the LIPA board, on which there happens to be five vacancies from the 15 slots.
Linked here is an overall description of the governor's public positioning through the emergency.
LIPA also has been waiting since well before the latest drama for a chief-executive appointment. And word is also widely awaited from the administration on much-discussed restructuring.
As a result, some commentators are faulting Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for letting LIPA's board and leadership drift (click here).
As indicated by Saturday's LIPA protests -- and a new, more publicity-friendly update of the outage numbers by the electric company -- this whole matter of Long Island electricity is due for yet another perennial found of political garment-rending and gnashing of teeth.
More to come.