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Comptroller: 2006 report found LIPA unable to handle major storm

SYOSSET - Officials say Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) was warned years ago that it wasn't prepared to handle a major storm. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says an independent 2006 report faulted LIPA for being unprepared for storm restoration. The report criticized LIPA for cutting the budgets for both wire and pole maintenance and tree trimming. It also says LIPA uses antiquated equipment and lacks state oversight.DiNapoli and the PSC are currently conducting an audit of LIPA with the goal of making the utility more accountable. "LIPA continues to mobilize additional resources, crews and equipment for the significant restoration efforts under way," LIPA said in a statement.Officials: Federal government needs to assist LIPA

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