Letters: Preparing for the next storm
I nearly choked when I read that Newsday thinks the taxpayers of Nassau and Suffolk should say thank you with a significant tax credit for gas station owners who install generators ["Avoid gas pains the next time," Editorial, Nov. 29].
The result would be higher taxes, surcharges or fees for the rest of us. Running a business means having to invest in it and upgrade to new standards. Generators should be mandatory safety equipment, and the cost should be shouldered by the shareholders and executives of the oil companies. Reaping quarterly profits, surely they can cover these necessary modifications.
My other issue is your support for stations charging extra in a disaster, "to allow them a price incentive for doing whatever it takes to serve this vital need."
We are all hurting from this disaster. Are you advocating a price surge for a vital necessity? This sounds like price gouging to me!
Elizabeth Lerner, Lindenhurst
Newsday's article, "LIPA's $6.9B burden" [News, Dec. 3] is a testament to the egregious mismanagement of the Long Island Power Authority. Not only is the unopened nuclear plant a large part of the burden, but at the time of the LIPA takeover from LILCO, LIPA sent each customer a bonus rebate in order to make the transfer more palatable to the public. Where did this rebate money come from? It was borrowed!Joseph Anton Skala, Northport
As an electrical construction contractor with a pretty good understanding of the distribution systems of the electrical grid, I think under the circumstances LIPA did a relatively good job.
How much of the power outage was created by water and how much by downed trees and power lines? I venture to guess that two-thirds of the outages where a result of flooding. Tree-trimming programs or underground distributions system would not have prevented this damage.
There are procedures required to re-energize a 13,200-volt line or a 69,000-volt distribution system. Pad mount transformers and underground feeders failed due to exposure to salt water. There is just not a big switch that turns entire neighborhoods on and off.
I have to deal with LIPA year-round, and there are many issues with policies and procedures because of red tape caused by the fact that LIPA is in essence a state agency.
LIPA did a decent job considering they had to mobilize thousands of out-of-town workers, get them safety trained and get them to all areas of the Island. They had to locate wires, switch gear, transformers, poles and hardware. Be reminded, not just Long Island was hit hard. There is no way any company could have enough stocked material to fix what was damaged.
Bob Kohlmeyer, Kings Park
Again, columnist Joye Brown is one of the few who tells it like it is ["Task of fixing LIPA demands urgency," News, Dec. 2].
Are LIPA's board members and managers fleeing a sinking ship? Their behavior and that of our governor remind me of 10-year-old boys playing ball. When a neighbor's window breaks, they run, and the kid with the bat is left to take the blame. Is LIPA the kid left holding the bat?
How come Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo left so many LIPA board seats open for so long?
Leslie King, Bellport