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LI politicians also hit hard by Irene

Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan

Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan Credit: Newsday File / Ken Sawchuk

Elected officials suffered through the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene just like their constituents: without power, phone service or cable connections.

Power was restored to Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan’s home Sunday afternoon, but the hot water wasn't.

“They say it [cold water] builds character, but I don’t think so,” he said. “It is horrible.”

Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko’s East Setauket home didn’t lose power, but it was without phone, Internet and cable television services until yesterday. And five trees fell in his yard, Lesko said.

Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and his counterpart in North Hempstead, Jon Kaiman, both lost power to their homes for several hours Sunday. Kaiman yesterday reported still being without television, phone or Internet service.

Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone’s Commack home lost power Sunday and Monday, but he wasn’t aware of it because he stayed at the town’s emergency operations center and his wife was away, town spokesman A.J. Carter said.

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray’s home was in the dark longer than many of her counterparts'. Her Levittown home lost power from Saturday night until Wednesday, town spokesman Michael Deery said.

In Islip, though, Supervisor Phil Nolan was without power as of 7:15 p.m. Wednesday — and was not happy about it, saying he’d been reassured by LIPA officials earlier Wednesday that “there was a LIPA crew working in my area. I still don’t have power.”

Above, Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, unhappy his power had not been restored as of Wednesday night.


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