Within 13 days of when Super Storm Sandy hit, 95 percent of affected residents in New York State had their power restored. In comparison, it took Southern utility companies 23 days to restore power to 75 percent of Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.
This, along with other U.S. utility company response-time comparisons following similar storms led The Associated Press to give Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) an “average” rating in their response to Sandy.
The rating comes despite ongoing complaints from residents throughout Long Island and Queens who remain without power, and after Tuesday’s resignation of LIPA’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey, who received much of the blame for the company’s inability to restore power to its customers.
As of Wednesday, approximately 35,000 LIPA customers remained without power, while thousands of NYC Housing Authority residents still have no heat or hot water.
In total, 8.5 million outages across 21 states were experienced as a result of Sandy.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama visited some of NYC’s most devastated areas.
During his tour, the president announced that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, a native New Yorker, would be his point man for the city’s reconstruction effort.
Donovan will be working with local officials to implement a long-term, “effective plan,” said Obama, who promised on his end to work with Congress to find the necessary resources needed to rebuild the city according to NY 1.
While meeting with families impacted by the storm, the president recognized the actions of NYPD Lt. Kevin Gallagher, 46, in particular, who remained with the family of Damien and Glenda Moore as police searched for the couple’s two young sons, Connor and Brendan, who were swept away by water from their car during the storm.
The two boys were found three days later in the marsh on Staten Island.
“That's not in the job description of Lt. Gallagher . . . He did that because that's what so many of our first responders do. They go above and beyond the call of duty to respond to people in need,” said Obama.
The 24-year NYPD veteran has earned 64 police medals while on the force.
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