LIPA chairman resigns in wake of Sandy criticism

Dec 1, 2012

Another LIPA official steps down... WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Long Island Power Authority chairman Howard Steinberg has resigned from the board of directors.

His exit Friday is the latest in a string of departures following criticism of LIPA's  performance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Newsday reports that Steinberg resigned in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said his work as a private-sector attorney precludes him from devoting the time to address challenges facing LIPA. Steinberg was appointed by Gov. George Pataki in 1999.

His resignation follows those of three other top LIPA officials.

The utility is being investigated for its performance after Sandy. More than a million customers lost power, and some remained in the dark for more than two weeks.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press