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Aug
18
2020

A seven-day power outage at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory risked the loss of millions of dollars of critical cancer and COVID-19 research, lab officials said Tuesday, spurring their support for a bill to give the state emergency oversight over PSEG Long Island.

During the early days of Tropical Storm Isaias, when the lab lost its connection to the Long Island electric grid, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory officials worked desperately to...read more ››

Aug
16
2020

Long Island Cares in Huntington Station received about 1,000 pieces of personal protection equipment and bottles of hand sanitizer Sunday.

The group Pakistani-Americans in the Town of Huntington made the contribution. State Sen. Jim Gaughran, Dr. Sara Siddiqui, and Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, were on hand to accept the donation.

Muhammed Ashraf of PATH led the donation event.read more ››

Aug
13
2020

Potentially lifesaving crash prevention technology is in place on nearly three-quarters of the Long Island Rail Road, but the railroad still has a ways to go to make its “positive train control” system interoperable with Amtrak, a new report said.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s “PTC Implementation Status Update” for the second quarter found that the LIRR, through June 30, had positive train control operational on 72.1% of its...read more ››

Aug
13
2020

Thousands of homes and businesses across the North Shore lost power as Tropical Storm Isaias’s strong winds downed trees Aug. 4. The outages were inevitable, a number of residents said, but some expressed frustration with how PSEG Long Island responded, citing its lack of communication with residents and government officials.

Utility officials held a news conference Aug. 8 to address the outages. “We’ll continue to work 24 hours a day...read more ››

Aug
12
2020

Nine days after Tropical Storm Isaias left many without power on Long Island, lawmakers are demanding that the utility improve its process for prioritizing restoration to customers who are medically vulnerable.

Among the unhappy PSEG-LI customers is Rebecca Gutierrez, a 9-month bedridden pregnant mother of two from Huntington who was still without power Wednesday. With only 10 days until her due date and daily phone calls to the...read more ››

Aug
12
2020

Update: A pregnant Huntington woman whose power was cut for nine days got it restored after a PSEG-LI worker heard about her plight on a radio report.

Sophia Hall of WCBS radio said a PSEG-LI worker contacted her after hearing her report and arranged to get a crew sent to the home of Rebecca Guiterrez.

Earlier, a pediatrician and State Sen. James Gaughran spoke at a press conference to push for the family’s power to be...read more ››

Aug
12
2020

“Before the major storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders, the electric company promised that they were prepared,” Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) wrote in a letter to her constituents Aug. 7.

“Then, the website for reporting power outages crashed and the phone lines jammed, text messages and apps fared little better, trees tangled in electrical wires blocked major thoroughfares...read more ››

Aug
12
2020

On Long Island, New York State Senator Jim Gaughran has called on the heads of the regional power authority and utility company to step down, as thousands are still without power a week after Tropical Storm Isaiah.

He blames continued outages on breakdowns in communication from Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island.

"A public utility is supposed to have a communication system that has so much redundancy it should...read more ››

Aug
11
2020

The state’s recent adoption of tough new drinking water standards for three emerging contaminants, though too long in the making, is welcome news, especially given the shameful inaction of the federal Environmental Protection Agency on water quality matters.

The state limit of 1 part per billion for 1,4-dioxane is the first standard in the nation for the likely carcinogen, and the 10 parts per trillion limit for the possible...read more ››

Aug
10
2020

NASSAU COUNTY, NY — In the wake of PSEG Long Island's heavily criticized response to Tropical Storm Isaias, government officials from the town all the way up to the federal level are calling on the utility to reimburse customers.

On Monday, multiple government officials, at multiple different events, called on PSEG to reimburse customers who were affected by the outage, and to also not raise rates to pay for the recovery efforts. The...read more ››

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