Monday, November 5, 2012

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Submits Appeal Letter to Governor Cuomo

November 3, 2012

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo,

On behalf of over 60 small businesses represented by the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce, we find the LIPA response regarding the restoration of power to Point Lookout, NY to be unacceptable. Our trust in this public utility has been violated.  Our business & residential community depends on this utility to function. Our community has been without power since October 29th and is immobilized as are other communities serviced by LIPA. Our residents have no heat, businesses are unable to serve our community or rebuild.  Various reports suggest that power will not be restored anytime soon and statements have been made that LIPA will try to get back power on next weekend, November 11th!

County Executives and Governor Cuomo, I ask accountability of LIPA to put more action into getting Nassau County up and running. I also request that resources above and beyond getting power back that LIPA do something to help in the damage that has been caused by the amount of time the power has been off.  If LIPA cannot serve its customers in a timely fashion then a substantive power generator should be sent to Point Lookout, NY and other Nassau County towns to restore our business districts and  communities. Each day without power makes it more difficult for the businesses to rebound after this unprecedented disaster.  It is your responsibility and obligation as an elected leader to respond to our business community and residents.

Your reply to this request in a manner other than an automated reply will determine how seriously you accept your responsibility as elected leaders. I invite all executives to visit our community of Point Lookout, NY to illustate that we are prepared to serve our community if LIPA would restore power. To our knowledge, no elected officials have visited. Our business community has been completely halted and our bayside businesses that have served our community for over 80 years have been destroyed. We have diligently attempted to restore our community with only limited resources. Our community shares the same barrier island as Long Beach, NY and would like to serve and help the re-building of our devastated next door neighbor, Long Beach, NY.  Thank you in advance for your response.


Richard Zampella
VP & Communications Director
The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 917-280-6483 • Email:

PS, the LIPA outage map incorrectly shows that Point Lookout, NY has power!

Edward P. Mangano,  County Executive
Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor
Denise Ford, County Legislator
Harvey Weisenberg, Assemblyman

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