LIPA Chairman Howard Steinberg Resigns


Long Island Power Authority crews working to restore power in East Northport on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Rashed Mian)

Long Island Power Authority chairman Howard Steinberg resigned from the board of trustees Friday, adding to the list of top officials that have called it quits amid strong criticism regarding the utility’s handling of Superstorm Sandy outages.

LIPA’s outgoing chief operating officer Michael Hervey confirmed reports of Steinberg’s resignation in an e-mail through a spokeswoman, but didn’t reveal why Steinberg was resigning.


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“Howard has given 16 years of uncompensated service to Long Island,” Hervey said. “His contributions are appreciated and he will be missed.”

Steinberg was appointed by then-New York Gov. George Pataki in April 1999. His term as chairman of the board of directors for the authority expired August 2011.

Just this week, both LIPA trustee X. Christofer Damianos and vice president of customer service Bruce Germano announced their resignation.

Hervey tendered his resignation two weeks after Sandy, which knocked out power to more than 90 percent of homes and businesses on Long Island.

The news comes just weeks after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to establish a commission under the Moreland Act to investigate the storm response of New York’s utility companies.

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