Saturday, November 24, 2012
Some Long Island Power Authority customers are charged up after they received their normal electric bill despite spending weeks without power due to Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Post reported that Long Island residents received an estimated rate that covered the entire billing cycle, and the statements made no mention of potential refunds to account for the prolonged blackouts.
“I can’t get LIPA to acknowledge my existence on earth to talk to me about anything,” Jonathan Saporta told the paper after getting hit with $649 for a home he left in October and $281 bill for his new place. “But I guess they had power, so they could print my bills. Nice, right?”
The paper reported that LIPA did not return phone calls seeking comment.
To be sure, the utility was widely criticized for its hurricane response and preparedness.