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What Do YOU Want Answered?

You pose the questions to public authorities; we'll get answers for you.

As Long Island comes to grip with the brutal realities of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, our readers have questions:

We'll help you get the answers.

Pose your specific questions here, in the comment thread on this story.

Specifically, what do you want to know from:

  • LIPA
  • Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone
  • New York State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

We'll attempt to contact any and all of them with your specific questions.

Mcrenny November 04, 2012 at 01:58 PM
No one has been to the Intersection of Kingsley road and Shepard in Huntington. Three trees are blocking the road and the power lines along Kingsley have trees hanging on them. When can we expect lipa or the town of Huntington to clear the road way
Emily B. November 04, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I think he means the hurricane deductible, which is different from the regular deductible. The hurricane deductible is between 2% to 5% of the home value, depending on the class of the hurricane(Class 1,2, 3 or 4). The regular deductible still applies(if you have $500, $1,000 or more).
Deblynn November 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I have yet to even see any LIPA or subcontracted electric co. Trucks even IN Huntington! I agree with post asking for more detailed plan posted so people can at least get an idea. There also has been no updates regarding school reopenings-there need to be better communication on many fronts
Mike O'Rourke November 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Where is the corridination or at the very least the communication from petrone & the rest of the Huntington board members? LIPA where is the communication??? Also, where is News12 ??? I have seen nothing but loop tapes for a week... New12 make a statement about your inability to provide any consistent & meaningful coverage of your broadcasting area!!!!!! Mike O'Rourke
Seeing Eye November 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Why did LIPA refuse to allow out of state crews in to help with restoration efforts? There are thousands of much needed and willing crews ready and available to help but they were turned away by LIPA because they didn't belong to their union. So here I sit, in one of the most populated areas on LI, one week after loss of electrical power, and I haven't even seen a repair crew in my area yet. Why does our government allow this? Isn't it their first responsibility to maintain order?
Errol Menendez November 04, 2012 at 03:18 PM
@seeing eye, where did you read about lipa refusing out of state workers? I'd like to read about it, and if true, I'd also appreciate a response to that as well. Gov Cuomo seemed very clear about his oversight of Lipa. I'd be interested to hear what he has to say about blocking help, if in fact that did happen.
Elyse November 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hemlock street and woodland street in the village still have downed trees and no power. Have not seen ANY crews or trucks. Surrounding streets have power. When will our neighborhood get some attention??
Shelley November 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
We have the exact same situation. We live on Teed Street in South Huntington. Yesterday Verizon came to replace a pole which was taken down by a tree which left us without electricity. They put the pole up and said "ok, now LI can hook your block up to electicity again..we have NOT SEEN ONE LIPA TRUCK nor did they even take the huge tree down blocking the road. Buses cannot possibly get through for school to start
Kathleen Del Valle November 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The 70s block of E. 21st Street in Huntington Station has no power and downed trees as well. A crew was here the other day addressing the tree. I don't know what happened but the left and haven't been back since. Needless to say trees are still down.
Matt R November 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
LIPA is not working 24 hours like they state. The crews leave by 5pm every day and I was told it was due to the union not wanting to pay overtime. Is there any truth to this? If so that is ridiculous. The info they post is also useless and does not give any information is accurate or can actually tell us anything. Simply horrible.
Lorrie Latzen November 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
That is exactly what I am looking for. This seems to be a guessing game, but if residents could know when to expect power back, they could manage their lives and expectations accordingly. In addition, we live on a court and someone commented that we would be last becasue there are less than 20 homes. That sounds ridiculous to me.
Huntington Resident November 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
To Governor Cuomo: Can you ask the gas companies when they will be receiving their gas shipments and when will the trucks arrive in specific locations on Long Island? An example would be "X barrels of gas will arrive at the following gas stations, at the following times". Thank you.
Steve-O November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Power lines and trees down between Hollis Place and Nathan. No trucks to be found except at the Mall. You pay and pay just to be left in the dark. No information and no one is saying anything. Tired of paying double and getting less. Can't wait to leave Suffolk.
Lisa November 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
All I want is a timeframe! Huntington Village has power, some homes south of NY Ave and near Wall street have power-- while those of us off of West Neck Rd, Southdown rd, Tanyard and Radcliff adn other areas are left in the dark! The LIPA outage map on their website is useless! It provides no helpful information. This recovery timeframe is appalling. Absolutely disgraceful! LIPA needs to be held accountable! We are really thinking of moving off of Long Island.
Frances Whittelsey November 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
How come all the LIPA substations didn't work? Some may be in flood areas, but most aren't. What went on there? And why no communications to the public? All we hear is Christie/new Jersey, Bloomberg/NYC and Staten Island. We need new media on Long Island! A public radio station where we can all tune in and get info. We were listening to WNYC a lot, and all they talked about was NJ and NYC.
K Dawg November 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
A few questions for Lipa How come Walt Whitman Mall is lit up like a christmas tree, yet accross the street has no power? Why are all of your crews in West Hills Park? are they camping out? How come my Verizon Fios box got power back at 12pm on Friday yet I have no power from LIPA? How come I see only tree trimming companies in my area but not ONE single LIPA or out of state power truck? And last but not least, why does it say on your webpage "Accessing Condition" on every spot on long island for the last six days? I am sure the chairman of LIPA has plenty of power and is nice and warm, while most of Long Island Suffers with no homes and power. For Chuckie Shummer and the rest of the Federallies- Why not provisions put in place before the storm to help people? It is not like it came out of no where. This is the same government that is now running our healthcare! You guys can't even get water or food to people whose homes were wiped out. Nice to see my tax dollars being wasted
Steve-O November 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The sad part to this Huntington Long Island NY tax payer is that we can all complain and ask legit questions but nothing is coming of it. No communication or info for long island. Nothing but frustration. I'm just glad my part of Long Island did not get it worst. Could u imagine.
Steve-O November 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
K Dawg, u said it. Spot on. "U know y? Cus the rent is to damn high".
Karen Mann November 04, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What about power recovery in Cold Spring Harbor off of Woodbury Rd- specifically Saw mill rd.?
leslie November 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I know they are working on round swamp road now so kingsley should be getting power any minute. I would like to know why the police aren't patroling dark neighborhoods with more frequency? I have hardly seen a police car that wasn't at a gas station.
araquen November 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
To Petrone and the Huntington Town Board: where the HELL are you? What have you been doing aside from collecting insultingly huge salaries and resting comfortably in your well-heated homes while the rest of us freeze? You should ALL be fired. Huntington is the worst run Township in this state. To LIPA: how on earth do you justify a region with comparatively little damage from the storm being out LONGER than areas that have received more damage? It is unconscionable that the 110/ Jericho quadrangle, with a school, a polling place AND a fire department is without power going in to DAY 7. We deserve meaningful updates on why we do not yet have power, what efforts are being made to restore power in our area and meaningful efforts to get us online before the Nor'easter hits.
Matt R November 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Araquen- great point. Where is Petrone? I have not seen or heard anything from this guy. Please do not re-elect people like this into office. With regards to updates. We all ask the same thing. Make them meaningful and not lies about working 24x7. We are literally and physically in the dark!
Patty kissane November 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I live in the Nathan hale apartments right on edge of Huntington village. Lots of elderly residents. Both last year during Irene and now we seem to be low on list. Town was up Thursday. Lipa map doesn't even show we have an outage yet I've called and mgt company has.
dianne November 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Wbli--103.1 FM- has been doing the best local updates on what's happening on LI. They have listeners call in and offer where to get gas- where they see LIPA working- they said Hess gets and pumps gas bc they have generators- so ck them out--also the Y has great hot showers. And charging stations - also listen to 97.5 AM from 9-12 - good luck everybody- and try to stay positive
William Borowy November 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
LIPA is working as best they can to restore service to every one. Line crews are working 16 hours a day EVERYDAY to restore service. No outside crews have been turned away. As to the who gets restored first if past practice is followed grid circuits that supply large number of homes get restored first, if your the only house on the block that's out, your most likely in for a long wait. Tree removal is being done to clear the roads first, you gotta be able to get to the cause of the outage in order to repair it.
Carolyn November 05, 2012 at 02:33 AM
It would be helpful to know how and when lipa will be in specific areas...just give us some honest estimate...if out of state crews were turned away that is a serious breach of interstate cooperation and irresponsibility on the part of lipa...
susan November 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Will Huntington High School be open for voting tomorrow??
susan November 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Carolyn there are linesmen from all over the country and Canada helping out in the Huntington area...no help was turned away!
Laura Bart November 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
LIPA is a big rip off. Unions are killing us all around. I've not seen one LIPA truck yet. Many are much worse off though. Politicians come out for the show. They knock on your door for a vote, but disappear when the cameras aren't around. Watch how many LIers move to NC now. Just remember there are elderly, infirm and worse off then all of us. Donate food, time, money and check on your neighbors that are needy. Folks always have to stick together to get the job done.
js November 07, 2012 at 03:24 AM
What will be done to prevent future gas shortages and power lines from being knocked down by falling limbs and trees. It looks as if LIPA waits for disaster relief from the Gov. and does not do any maintainance on any infrastructure.

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