Long Island Power Authority CEO Michael Hervey will resign from his post as head of the utilities giant at the end of the year, which is music to the ears of just about everyone.
Hervey has been with LIPA for about 12 years. Under heavy criticism from Long Island residents and politicians for his awful response to Hurricane Sandy, Hervey announced yesterday that it’s time to call it quits.
There are more than 10,000 people without power on Long Island — two weeks after the storm hit. Local officials say Hervey’s resignation will be welcomed by outraged residents.
“While LIPA’s linemen and other field workers have worked hard during
the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the agency has shown a breathtaking
lack of organization, preparedness and communication in ways that can
only be held accountable at the highest levels of the agency,”
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said yesterday. “We need to reorganize
LIPA and modernize Long Island’s
energy grid into one resilient and smart enough to bounce back from
major storms much faster — two weeks without power in the most powerful
first-world nation in the world is simply unacceptable.”
resignation came on the same day Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that
he’s assembled a commission to figure out how New York utilities
companies so badly failed their customers.
“From Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, to Hurricane Sandy, over
the past two years New York has experienced some of the worst natural
disasters in our state’s history,” Cuomo says. “As we adjust to the
reality of more frequent major weather incidents, we must study and
learn from these past experiences to prepare for the future.”
According to Cuomo, “the existing labyrinth of regulatory bodies, state agencies and
authorities, and quasi-governmental bodies has contributed to a
dysfunctional utility system.”
So sayonara, Michael Hervey — apparently, you won’t be missed.