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Two More Exit LIPA After Sandy Failures

Customer service vice president Bruce Germano and trustee X. Cristofer Damianos call it quits after the utility's response to the superstorm.

The ranks at the Long Island Power Authority continued to thin Tuesday as customer service vice president Bruce Germano and trustee X. Cristofer Damianos quit their posts at the utility.

They will join acting-CEO Michael Hervey in leaving LIPA at the end of the year, following scathing criticism of the utility's leadership from the governor down to the locals left in the dark by LIPA's communications failures after the devastating hurricane struck the area on Oct. 29.

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Germano had worked in the energy industry for 37 years, according to his LIPA profile, having spent time at companies including KeySpan and the former Long Island Lighting Company.

"My decision to leave is purely a personal decision," he said in a statement.
Damianos, a real estate exec, was appointed to the board of trustees in 2007 by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. His exit leaves LIPA with only nine trustees, just one higher than the eight needed to operate as a board.

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In the month following the storm, pressure has mounted against the utility for its missteps during the recovery process. While power outages topping 1 million for LIPA customers was unprecedented, the utility buckled when it came to communicating with the public about restoration times. At the same time, both county executives on Long Island bashed LIPA leadership, with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone eventually sidestepping them to work directly with crews working on fixing power outages, many that stretched beyond two weeks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has since launched a Moreland Commission to scrutinize the utilities' response, and has tapped Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice to lead the investigation into utility preparations. The governor chose Deputy Suffolk County Executive Regina Calcaterra to lead the commission.

Last week, Cuomo said LIPA "has to end," though he said he will wait for the commission's full report to be delivered in a few weeks before making recommendations.

This story was written by Henry Powderly.

Jerry King November 28, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I still would like to know why my National grid bill for “GAS DELIVERY COST” is TWICE as much as for the “GAS SUPPLY COST.” Pipeline movement of product is by far the most efficient method. Why the hideous charge for pushing the gas into one end of a pipe is beyond me…other than they CAN.
pbug56 November 29, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I'd love to see their golden parachutes turn out to be made of toilet paper!
RICHRACER November 30, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Where's a real N.Y.S. Comptroller when you need one. That rat is hiding too. Otherwise he would end up like Alan Hevisi, who almost uncovered LIPA's fraud like Enron. See attachment...http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/dec05/121205.htm
RICHRACER November 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/dec05/121205.htm Please COPY and Paste

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