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Photos courtesy Senator Skelos’s office
Skelos helped with recovery efforts in East Rockaway, dropping off clothes after the storm.

Going forward, he said, one of the most important issues for the South Shore is making sure the Long Island Power Authority is prepared for future storms of this magnitude. “There has to be a better effort by LIPA in terms of rebuilding those transfer stations so they’re not destroyed when and if there is another storm,” he explained. “They have to have a better communication system so people can get information from them in terms of restoration when they lack power. And there has to be a better-coordinated plan in the restoration of power. I heard complaints from many individuals that there were trucks sitting [on the streets] and they had no idea where they were supposed to go — especially the trucks that came in from other states.”

In the weeks and months to come, as officials and residents of hard-hit communities continue the work of rebuilding, they will most likely turn to Skelos for help in securing funds from the state that have filtered down through the federal government.

“Now, as we go ahead and start to rebuild and the money is coming down, he’s going to be instrumental in getting some funds,” said Island Park Mayor James Ruzicka. “And I’m sure he will. He’s always been there for us in the past, and there’s no reason for him not to be now.”

Realizing that the journey to recovery is a multifaceted story with no end in sight, the Heralds are chronicling all aspects of the rebuilding effort in a series of weekly articles with a common theme, South Shore Rising.


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If Dean Skelos appointed a REAL ENGINEER instead of a dietician (Suzette Smookler) to the LIPA Board of Trustees, maybe LI would have been better prepared to handle Sandy. Actually many on the current LIPA Board are not qualified to oversee a major utility. They are all patronage beneficiaries, courtesy of Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, and Andrew Cuomo.

BTW We wouldn't be in this mess if Long Island politicians would simply stop the Patronage Mill. STOP planting unqualified individuals in important positions.

As for Bay Park, it's been a known disaster for the last 20 years! Any of Skelos' constituents can attest to that! Ask any East Rockaway resident what they think about Bay Park!

NYS and Nassau County have done nothing to fix that environmental disaster. Now with the Sandy relief money, let's see if Dean Skelos will personally oversee the repair of Bay Park!

One of the most important things Sandy has shown is LI is woefully ill-equipped to handle a severe storm and despite the tremendous amount of Tax Dollars sent to Albany every year, none of those tax dollars come back... We need to "harden" our infrastructure from natural disasters... yet Albany cares little to do so.

So I say to Senator Dean Skelos, if you really want tohelp the people of LI, stop the TAX INEQUITY and allow Nassau and Suffolk Counties to invest a portion of the Albany Tax bill here for infrastructure projects.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Report this

Sen. Skelos only stands up when he can get some bennifit for himself. He folded like a cheep tent when Andrue Coumo decided to push anti 2nd. A. laws that will not stop one crime and disarm good law abideing voters.

Shame has a name, Skelos.

If my fellow voters have a chance the LI republicans that stabed all of us in the back will be gone next election.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Report this

furiousman makes many good points. i would also question the "cozy" appointment of management at the bay park plant. The L.I Press ran a story a while back in that regard. one of the whistle blowers in that case was reassigned out of the plant. interestingly, they brought him back him back in to the plant after Sandy to deal with the mess...

So just by luck NYC happened to have the pumps on hand that were critiically needed there. And what, heaven forbid, would have been the result if the pumps were not available? What a gross failure to prepare! What a gross failure of leadership! Is not the extreme vulnerability of this plant that sits right on the canal an obvious foregone conclusion without even considering a strom the magnitude of Sandy. The Bay Park Plant remains a health disaster and an economic disaster waiting to happen. There is no more fundamental or critical issue that our lcoal politicans need to attend to. Sandy went way beyond a wake up call!

Friday, February 22, 2013 | Report this
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