October 31, 2011
Statement From Mr Irving Like ESQ
The LIPA Board’s decision to select the ServCo option rather than full municipalization, supports the point I have been repeating from the very beginning. We cannot rely on the current LIPA board to select the that alternative, no matter how much evidence our Committee submitted in favor of it, as compared to the privatization and ServCo options.
The LIPA APPOINTED board made up its mind, not to select any option, other than ServCo, because of its staff’s self serving preference. Contrast LIPA’s closed mind, and refusal to accept changes in its structure and governance, with the considered decision of 17 Suffolk County ELECTED legislators, to request Governor Cuomo’s support for the restructuring of the LIPA board.
I propose that our Committee vote on a resolution calling upon the County Legislature to now ask of the Governor, that the LIPA board be restructured to reinstate the elected board, as originally provided in the LIPA statute, or to legislate a new board, composed of a balance of elected, and appointed directors, ( qualified to manage a public authority), called upon to operate under a charter, and by laws, that vests ultimate decision-making control in the elected directors.