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LIPA’s shady practices during and after Hurricane Sandy exposed in new report

Posted: 6:32 PM, Jun 23, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-23 18:32:54-04

“I don’t think a day goes by where someone doesn’t talk about it,” Johm Howert, a Long Island resident, said. He’s one of LIPA’s customers who lived without electricity for 12 days after Sandy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says stories like John’s are why he is releasing a report from the Moreland Commission, a company appointed by Cuomo to investigate LIPA’s actions.

In the report, the commission found information that could breach state ethics law. The report showed “these findings raise a series of questions regarding LIPA’s management of a consulting contract that passed unexplainable costs…that have nothing to do with providing power to residents.”

This afternoon LIPA officials responded.

“LIPA will move expeditiously to address the findings and serious concerns identified by the Moreland Commission. Steps to improve the internal control environment have already been taken and we continue to identify additional opportunities for enhancement of the control environment as well as other needed improvements. We will continue to cooperate fully with governmental authorities.”

But customers are still dealing with higher costs.

The Governor says he plans to bring in another group to evaluate LIPA’s corruption and influence with money and politics in state government.