The governor has been taking his time with regards to leadership appointments at LIPA for good reason, he wants to wait for the outcome of the Public Service Commission review and the Inspector General Audit. This all begs the question:
Why is the LIPA Board of Trustees in such a hurry with selecting the new LIPA Structure on October 6th?
The RFP’s for the 3 finalists for the SERVCO option have been more or less completed. It is important that the public have some opportunity to review the three proposals (at a high level as not to compromise the process) along with the additional detailed Brattle Report data so that “all” may feel comfortable with the selection process….but this certainly can not be achieved by October 6th as there is nothing available to review.
10:06 AM By Yancey Roy NEWSDAY
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been quick to take the Long Island Power Authority to task for its problems. But he’s been slow to take control of it.
Cuomo has raked LIPA over the coals for its performance during Tropical Storm Irene, blasting its communication with the public and its delays in returning power in some areas.
Now, he’s added more pressure by asking the Public Service Commission to review LIPA’s performance. But since taking office, Cuomo hasn’t named a new chair or reappointed chairman Howard Steinberg, whose term expired last month along with two other board members.
Also, LIPA has gone more than a year without a chief executive. Insiders think Cuomo is waiting for the Irene review and a separate review of LIPA’s rates come in before acting.