In December 2012, Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, also formed a
Disaster Response Taskforce, comprised of civic leaders and residents
committed to ensuring that viable solutions are implemented post-storm.
a Dec. 20 statement, this Taskforce submitted an extensive comment to
the Commission. It was prepared by Prepared by Cindy Kouril, Esq. and Claudia Borecky.
"Our Taskforce adamantly believes that LIPA must remain a public entity," the statement read."
the Taskforce would like "federal money be sought to pay off
Shoreham’s debt and invest in infrastructure improvements, such as
installing underground wiring."
An estimated 20 percent LIPA rate hike is another reason the Taskforce is against privatization.
as a public entity, LIPA can receive federal grants," they wrote. "The
federal government is reimbursing LIPA for expenses incurred with
Hurricane Sandy, which would not have been possible were our power
provided by a private company."
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