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Siena Poll: 84 Percent Pan LIPA's Storm Response

Though governor, president earn high marks.

Five out of six Long Islanders think the Long Island Power Authority did a poor or fair job handling Superstorm Sandy, a new poll released Monday shows, though most give high marks to the governor.

According to the Siena College Research Institute poll, only 16 percent of Long Islanders gave LIPA high marks, a result that may not surprise locals who have watched the authority come under intense scrutiny for its response to the disaster. In the weeks that followed the storm's landfall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for LIPA's dismantling, a state commission has subpoenaed the utility for info on its preparation and four of its leaders have quit, including acting chief Michael Hervey and chairman Howard Steinberg.

Among the entire state, LIPA earned 20 percent approval, according to the poll.

Unlike LIPA, Cuomo earned high marks in the Siena Poll, with 67 percent of New Yorkers saying he did a good job leading in the aftermath. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also earned a 59 percent approval rating in the poll, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency earned 53 percent approval.

“New Yorkers are very impressed with the job that Governor Cuomo has done over the last several weeks in dealing with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Two-thirds say he’s done an excellent or good job, including 70 percent of City voters and more than half of Republicans. President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg also receive high – though not as high – grades from voters,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “The same cannot be said for the downstate power companies, particularly LIPA.”

Con Edison saw 39 percent approve of its storm handling.

"However, more than half of New York City voters say ConEd has done an excellent or good job, compared to only 13 percent who say the company has done a poor job,” Greenberg said.

New Yorkers also backed Pres. Barack Obama's response, with 61 percent saying he did an excellent or good job in the response effort.

When it comes to causes on the storm, New Yorkers were hardly agnostic when it came to global warming, with 69 percent saying climate change contributed to the formation of the superstorm compared to 24 percent who called it an isolated weather event.

But while one in seven New Yorkers polled said they suffered damages to their homes or properties due to Sandy, that didn't stop them from pulling together to help those hit hardest by the storm.

“More than half of New Yorkers, regardless of political party, say they have contributed to Sandy relief charitable efforts, including 49 percent upstate, 54 percent from New York City and 61 percent from the downstate suburbs,” Greenberg said.

“Nearly one-third of downstaters and roughly half that number upstate say they have volunteered their time to help those impacted by Sandy."

Dan December 03, 2012 at 07:09 PM
How about Cuomo's response and handling of LIPA? After all, he had the opportunity over the last 22 months in office to appoint a leadership that could correct LIPA's shortfallings. But he chose to do nothing and left the LIPA Board to swing in the breeze, understaffed and shorthanded. Despite Cuomo's own failure to properly staff LIPA's board, he was in attack mode and ripped LIPA from day one. How about a good long look in the mirror Gov? You failed LIPA, so therefore you too are culpable.
Greg Martinez December 03, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Not surprising that the poll results reflect the news coverage. Modern "news" is dominated by agenda driven reporters. The coverage has been LIPA is bad but our government is good. Many will criticize LIPA, yet not realize that LIPA is government. A more accurate reflection of the truth is the failure of government, considering LIPA is a government authority. Rather than just attack LIPA our Governor and state legislature should look into a mirror to see where the real problem lies.
Frank December 03, 2012 at 07:39 PM
???? Cuomo did a good job??? Padding the entire LIPA board with non-professionals in the utility biz, including a dietitian, that control budgets and infrastructure? That's why you should never trust polls.
Ronnie Gavarian December 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Especially since L.I.P.A. is owned by NYS. So when he criticizes LIPA, he's essentailly criticizing himself
Ronnie Gavarian December 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
don't forget....he's eyeing a presidential run in 2016 or 2020, so he's practicing becoming a "good" politician.
Jerry Can December 03, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Looks to me that the whole LIPA question has to be reviewed. One issue that the Governor should address is the holdover debt servicing from the Brookhaven Nuclear Plant that continues on the company's books and that the taxpayer continues to have to service that drives our rates way up. As I understand it, we are paying for a facility that is producing no energy because after it was built the then gov. Cuomo determined it was unsafe. Where was the State before it was built? Seems to me that the cost for this debacle should have been borne by everyone and not just the rate payers on Long Island. As a consequence, as this debt hobbles the company it is unable to operate efficiently and invest in the modernization required. Get rid of the debt and modernize.
bob young December 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thank God obama and cuomo came to remove downed trees and personally reconnect the line that got my electricity back on. What a joke the government is relative to storm response. Both obama and cuomo did a big nothing. It was neighbors helping neighbors, and the work crews from private utilities that got us up and going again. Now cuomo wants the fed govt to give him $42 billion. another huge joke. the fed govt is broke thanks to obama ! they have bubkis, nada zilch
Ronnie Gavarian December 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
you forgot zip, zero, nothing! Where are they going to get $42 billion from? The printing press - more devaluation of the dollar, as if it isn't low enough. The Federal government did nothing! They're just a bunch of big blowhards - they come sashaying into town, make a big appearance (wasting more tax dollars I might add) and leave as quickly as they came. No money, no assistance, where's FEMA, etc. And then the idiots, Christy, Bloomberg and Cuomo give kudos to Obama for his support during the crisis. Bloomberg evening endorsing him! What a sham
John Gruber December 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
you think maybe those 3 have a better clue as to how the president did than you do? If 3 politicians, one from the hardest hit states, praise Obama for his handling of it, I'd think it's safe to assume it did a least a decent job. Aren't you one of the people who think to many people rely on the government? But I thought gov't assistance was bad? What happened to being responsible for yourself? So government assistance is only bad when it's convenient for you? interesting take
John Gruber December 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
yea because we weren't broke when we were $11 trillion in debt before he even took office. We were rich then...
Ronnie Gavarian December 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I'm not even going to engage you on the subject of the national debt and go on your ridiculous merry-go-round of who did what. Not going there. But as far as government assistance is concerned, I am not againt it when it is necessary. When there is a tragic event such as this. But I am against every mooching, low life who has their hand out for government goodies at the hard-working taxpayers' expense. Can you grasp that concept, or is it too obscure for you? But the bigger crime here is the government's use of money as a means of garnering votes and support by unwitting governors, mayors, and politicians who think that Obama truly cares about them and their constituents. That's the real crime. He dangles the proverbial carrot over them, with their mouths hanging open, salavating and drooling at the thought of obtaining millions in government money, when in reality it is nothing more than a dog and pony show. It is all smoke and mirros.
Larry Jaeger December 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I am glad to see there are some informed people leaving comments. LIPA was created by Cuomo the first, incurred great expenses powering up Shoreham for testing when it was clear it would never open and incurred additional great cost to decommission it and saddled the rate payers with huge debt and the highest electric rates in the country to pay for the defunct nuclear power plant. The estimate for Shoreham was initially $70 million and Cuomo's state PSC let it go to $6 billion. Why wasn't it stopped by the state. The present Cuomo is in charge of this state agency, has not filled vacant board positions for LIPA in the last year. The bord is stacked with political appointees with high salaries and no responsibility to rate payers. So who is Cuomo blaming, his own incompetence? This storm wipes out whole communities, flooded homes, destroyed parts of LIPA's infrastructure and made it impossible to reach some areas. Why didn't Cuomo call in the National Guard to cut trees? All he did is criticise the people doing the best they could under extreme conditions. They worked under the "leadership" of Cuomo. Obama came for his photo ops and did NOTHING else, just ask the people on Staten Island. The liberal media gave him good press and gave him credit for a great job. They fooled the voters just before the election.
Ronnie Gavarian December 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Bingo Larry! Yes, unfortunately they accomplished their mission and at the ninth hour they fooled the masses. I am a sane voice on an insane forum. If you aren't familiar with this forum, get ready......you're going to read some things you won't believe. It's astounding to me how little people know and how big their mouths are. Have you ever watched Bill Whittle on YouTube or Googled him. Brilliant commentator.
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Roy Biggins December 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Does your hatred of low-life moochers include corporate welfare and wars for profit? Because that's where most of the money goes. The poor people are certainly not stashing trillions in their mattresses.
John Rock December 05, 2012 at 06:07 AM
LIPA and the Goverment both make a tortoise look fast during their response to sandy.
Rick Hoyt December 05, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Blame The Sheople ! - They keep Voting for the same same clowns over and over again, they are hooked on the Propaganda Device ( TV ), eating junk food,kids going through the education factories ( Schools ), that only teach Memorization, We need Real Skills taught.Need to get more Skeptical, Way too much Corporate Welfare, Fraud, giveaways for votes, No Transparency.Get your Self out of Debt, eat Good Organic food, Take Personal Responsibility, It's not the Job of Government to bail you out, Stop Idolizing Them, You will be Severely Disappointed-Reality Check Alert.Good Day
Argile December 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Did anyone happen to see Tim Bishop anywhere? Yeah I didn't either. He took his votes from the 1st congressional district and ran with them. He was probably laughing his ass off while sitting pretty in his mansion.
Argile December 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I tried voting all the incumbents out but you have all these brainwashed people permanently locked into a particular party. This is how convicted tax cheats like Charlie Rangel keeps getting re-elected.
Nesconset Dude December 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Good luck. Any changes that would improve the condition of this country would be deemed an inconvenience because it would probably require people to actually get off their butts and do something. In a culture of convenience, which we have turned into, this will never happen.
Ronnie Gavarian December 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Isn't it sad, that all these mind-numb people are so readily willing to give up their individuality, their uniqueness, their specialness, to a government who feigns true concern for their wellbeing? Are their lives that vacuous and unimportant so as to make them feel "safe" or "protected" by this thing called "government." If they only realized their self-worth, their incredible abilities, the inherent goodness and intellect that resides in everyone of us, they would see that government control is akin to a life in prison.
R Miller December 06, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Well super disappointed in the fact Cuomo got such a high rating since LIPA answers to him All I saw was him complaining instead of taking action
Mamaof2 December 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
High rating!!? How about he put a stop to the layoffs of the Islip bay constables who worked so hard during hurricane sandy only to be handed out pink slips after their courageous efforts! They were the first to get a boat in the water and assist with the search and rescue at fireisland. We need these Bay Constables!! To help save their jobs sign the petition and show up at their next board meeting to protest!! http://www.change.org/petitions/town-of-islip-reverse-the-decision-of-laying-off-four-full-time-bay-constables

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