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Under-fire utility boss resigns after storm Sandy

Published on Nov 15, 2012 6:23 AM
Part of the destroyed boardwalk in the Rockaway section of Queens November 14, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of super storm Sandy. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The chief of a New York utility that came under withering fire from customers and the state governor for its slow restoration of power following superstorm Sandy is resigning.

Mr Mike Hervey "tendered his resignation as chief operating officer of the Long Island Power Authority (Lipa), to be effective at the end of the year," company chairman Howard Steinberg said in a statement late Tuesday.

Mr Hervey had been with Lipa for 12 years and had been performing the functions of CEO for the last two.

Almost all of suburban Long Island, where Lipa is the main utility, lost power when hurricane-strength Sandy touched down on Oct 29, as did much of New York City and New Jersey, where other utilities are in the lead.

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