Hervey To Step Down As COO of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
November 19, 2012
Chief Operating Officer will depart at end of 2012 amid widespread criticism of LIPA’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
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(Long Island, NY) Amid widespread criticism of his company’s perceived poor performance in restoring power to the nearly one million Long Island residents left in the dark in the wake of Hurricane Sandy three ago, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey has announced his resignation, effective at the end of 2012.
Hervey, who has been with LIPA for 12 years, stepped in as acting CEO in 2010 when Kevin Law, who had previously filled the position, stepped up to take over as chief executive of the company.
LIPA Chairman Howard Steinberg issued a statement on the company’s site regarding Hervey’s decision to step down as CEO.
“Mike Hervey tendered his resignation as Chief Operating Officer of the Long Island Power Authority, to be effective at the end of the year. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I have accepted his resignation, with regret. Mike has provided 12 years of valuable service to LIPA, including taking on the responsibility to perform the functions of CEO of the organization over the past two years. Mike has played a leadership role in connection with the planned structural changes at LIPA going forward which will result in better service and accountability to LIPA’s customers in the years ahead.”
Among Hervey’s job responsibilities include overseeing LIPA’s Transmission and Distribution operations, as well as the organization of the corporate office and contractual outsource agreements.
The announcement of Hervey’s resignation parallels the timing of renewed criticism of LIPA’s performance during Hurricane Sandy from Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose constituents complained of the power utility’s poor preparation, slow response, and non-existent communication with both customers and local government.
Cuomo has announced that, under the provisions of the Moreland Act, a committee will investigate the state’s utilities, including LIPA and its contractor, National Grid. Cuomo described the company as a “faceless” monopoly that has to be examined and redesigned from the ground up.
As of Nov 19, 10:34 PM, LIPA’s outage map reports that there are 424 affected customers from 181 active outages.