November 9, 2012
Officials on Long Island, New York, are calling for the U.S. military to take over the job of restoring power to thousands of homes, according to NBC 4 in New York.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and U.S. Rep. Peter King will ask the federal government for help. A spokesman for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) did not respond to a request from the television station for additional comment.
Mangano said the Army and the Department of Energy should take over the “managerial structure” of LIPA during the restoration. He told Newsday he wants the military to be tasked with directing the flow of information to the public and directing crews to neighborhoods that need power restored.
Congressman Steve Israel told the Wall Street Jounral that the Pentagon was able to restore lights to Baghdad and Kabul and should be able to do the same on Long Island.