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Lawmaker Wants Answers From LIPA After Nursing Homes Left Powerless For Days

HUNTINGTON, NY (WCBS) -- Long Island Power Authority officials could be on the hot seat for allowing two nursing homes to go without power for days in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

WCBS 880's Peter Haskell On The Story


The two nursing homes that are on LIPA's critical care priority list were in the dark for four days. Suffolk County legislator Steve Stern says this is completely unacceptable.

"This goes beyond mere inconvenience," said Stern. "This literally can mean the difference between life and death for many residents."

Stern also says the utility needs to do a better job of communicating with facilities.

Irene initially knocked out power to more than 523,000 people across Long Island.

LIPA Chief Michael Hervey has said the entire storm response will be reviewed.

What do you think about LIPA's response to Irene? Sound off below in our comments section...

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