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Long Island’s Pathetic Utility Preparation Always Leaves Us Powerless for the Next Bad Storm

first_imgWith a thunderclap, Syosset residents awoke long before dawn to witness what looked like a strobe light outside as flashes of lightning illuminated the darkness. In East Northport, thunder rattled the windows—and the storm was just getting started. The weather system strengthened rapidly in its steady march across the North Shore, slamming into Stony Brook, St. James and the Three Village area.On Tuesday morning, Long Islanders saw scenes reminiscent of Superstorm Sandy. Large, old-growth trees blocked the streets, utility poles were snapped, Long Island Rail Road service was disrupted, and around 68,000 Long Islanders found themselves without power. By 5 p.m. the following day, an estimated 21,000 remained without power in the hardest hit areas as restoration efforts lasted well into the night.The Town of Brookhaven was slammed so badly—and the restoration effort handled so ineffectively—that Town Supervisor Ed Romaine issued a press release excoriating PSEG Long Island. He said the utility had promised to provide six repair crews but as of 4 p.m. he said that only two crews had been dispatched to the town.“Our residents deserve a quick response to this local disaster,” Romaine said.The powerful predawn thunderstorm exposed the glaring weakness of our region’s aging infrastructure. Once again, LI had a rude awakening. Our antiquated overhead wires, those pregnable pole-mounted transformers and a utility not up to the task of adequately serving the needs of our region.“The amount of damage and the widespread nature of such is not too common, and doesn’t happen too often,” said Michael Leona, a professional freelance meteorologist. “I believe this is the most widespread damage on Long Island since Sandy.”Prior to Tuesday’s destruction, he said that the most recent non-tropical storm damage was from a powerful nor’easter in March 2010 that affected southern Nassau County.Leona observed that severe thunderstorms packing what are called straight-line winds of 70-90 mph are not common here. He declined to suggest whether this system represented the “new normal” weather pattern but said that Long Islanders are certainly more attuned to what’s occurring in the air and on the ground thanks to social media and smartphones.“I don’t know if stronger storms are happening more often,” Leona told me, “but the public will know about it extensively and very quickly.”Leona touches upon an interesting trend. It seems that Long Islanders have more awareness of the weather, and thanks to bursts of severe occurrences—be they blizzards, nor’easters, thunderstorms or large-scale extreme events like hurricanes and tornadoes—more attention is being given to the impacts these storms have. On the regional level, storm preparation has spurred fortification of coastal areas, elevation of houses on the South Shore and even condemnation of properties on Fire Island to make way for protective dunes. Yet, despite these measures, our infrastructure, especially our power lines, remain vulnerable.For Long Islanders, it is an all-too-familiar scenario. A storm hits, trees topple and the lights go off, but it is too easy to place blame solely on PSEG Long Island, mainly because the Island’s storm vulnerability long predates their oversight of the grid. By continuing to expand and rebuild out antiquated method of power delivery, we shall continue to ensure that whenever the strong winds blow, darkness will result.Unfortunately, the solution to our electricity woes is both complex and very costly.According to News 12 Long Island, “An independent study commissioned by LIPA in 2005 found that burying wires on Long Island could cost $25 to $30 billion. The study says it would raise electricity rates by 150 percent over 25 years.”Long Islanders know all too well how utilities in the region handle large-scale projects and debt management, so the political will to move forward will be weak at best. But that doesn’t mean burying the lines isn’t necessary.A small, yet effective step easy to implement would be for local governments to mandate that new residential subdivisions place their power lines underground. While most of Nassau and western Suffolk counties is predominately built up, this requirement would at least ensure some resiliency from eastern Brookhaven to points eastward.This thunderstorm was rare, but it wreaked havoc on North Shore communities. Policymakers should look at the big picture. As devastating as Superstorm Sandy was for LI, it barely classified as a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The September 1938 hurricane dubbed “The Long Island Express,” which carved out the Shinnecock Inlet and shattered the East End, was a Category 3.Yes, Sandy was weak by comparison, yet we’re still feeling its impacts. The recent thunderstorm was even weaker, and thousands of Long Islanders remained without power for two days afterwards.We need to start seriously exploring where, and why, our electrical grid is vulnerable against storms—and enact workable solutions. Additional tree-trimming and maintenance efforts, paired with new requirements for buried power lines, are a good place to start. Once the grid is adequately assessed, we can address the weakest points in the grid and ensure that when the next bad storm comes, the lights will stay on.What will it take for Long Island to be ready? Let’s not wait another day to find out.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more


December 16, 2020 0

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 11

first_imgTo patients, families: Rally for St. Clare’sThe New Year is here. Time for the supporters of the St Clare’s pensioners to stand up, shout out, get angry and be heard.As former caregivers at your now-lost community hospital, we deserve what we were promised and what we are owed.We call on those whose families we cared for from birth through death to stand beside us. Please make your voices heard in our support. Please call or write your local lawmakers and the Catholic Diocese and demand to be heard on our behalf.We cared for you and yours now please care for us. Every voice counts. Thank you.Karen SacchettiSchenectadyQuestion U.S. rank on healthcare listsDon Steiner wrote in the Jan. 3 Gazette an interesting letter on the sustainability of our healthcare system. He pointed out rightly that administrative costs, cost of drugs, defensive medicine, and wages and staffing are driving up healthcare costs everywhere.Few people would take issue with any of those points.However, in his next to last paragraph, he indicated that the World Health Organization ranked the United States 37th in healthcare and the Commonwealth Fund placed the United States last among the top 11 industrial countries in overall healthcare.I believe most Americans would be hard-pressed to name 36 countries, never mind 36 with better healthcare than the United States.Even the ranking of 11th in industrialized countries by The Commonwealth Fund seems questionable. There are a few, but what country would you pick to provide your healthcare?Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkReturn Lady Liberty to her historic homeFirst, I want to say that I agree with James A. Wilson’s Jan. 1 letter (“Put Lady Liberty back where she belongs.”) It’s called Liberty Park for several reasons.The statue was there first for 50 years. Hmm, no respect for the original monument dedication. How do you explain to your grandchildren that what once was a historical site has no more meaning or room there for her anymore in the new colorful park?I do love the new, improved park. But I’m still looking for the Lady that intrigued my interest in exploring the history. Now that history and interest is gone.The new place where she lies is disgraceful, sad, no color, no meaning, and not real safe to explore with children. It was just put there to save face. Mayor McCarthy, you have done wrong by your constituents who have asked for it to be put back in its original place.Colleen K. LodgeSchenectadyWe must stand up to hate in all its forms Everyone is shaking their heads over the new criminal justice standards for New York. Certainly, with the people we have now in the state Legislature with our feckless governor and mayor of New York, citizens are now in fear. No bail, no jail, no crime. Feel free to strike anyone who annoys you. Feel free to steal anything you want. Feel free to rob banks. Feel free to not spend any time in jail, pay any penalty and go about your wrongful life.Am I the only one who sees a similarity to Nazi Germany in the early 30s? — crimes against people and in those cases encouraged by the government. I am sure from their misguided actions, de Blasio and Cuomo would love their own brown shirts.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsJaquith shouldn’t be on multiple boardsIn Niskayuna, we will have a town board member serving on three boards: the town, school and the IDA. In 2019, The Gazette had an editorial questioning the wisdom of being on both the town and school boards. I also question this, and I believe that Ms. Jaquith is exercising very poor judgment.While on the school board, she supported a five-year contract for the superintendent, giving him a salary over $200,000. He has no residency requirement, commuting from Herkimer. This was another poor decision.Also, she never informed the voters that it was her intent to remain on the school board.Transparency does not appear to be her main priority. She cites that it is legal despite the fact that being legal doesn’t mean ethical.There are enough examples of this throughout history. In my opinion, this is simply political greed. The town and taxpayers will not be served well by this decision.Linda RizzoNiskayunaObserve disrespect violence in schoolsKudos to Theresa Doty.Her Jan. 5 letter (“Need major effort to stop school violence”) thankfully addressed the unruliness that has existed in the hallways of Schenectady High School.Definitely address all gang-related issues. However, I think the violent and disrespectful behaviors that have occurred are the real culprits in the high school.I implore every school board member to conduct unannounced visits to the school and just walk the halls. I’m sure you will see what Theresa Doty’s children and others see who attend these schools. I would hope the school board members will listen carefully to parents like Theresa Doty and observe for themselves the behaviors that exist in the halls of Schenectady High School.Josepha AbbaSchenectady Schenectady must fix broken sidewalksAll this talk about sidewalks not being cleared after a snowfall, as I understand, is the responsibility of the homeowner. But whose responsibility is it for those ghost houses and rental units?The biggest problem we have in our neighborhood is the sidewalks themselves. They are uneven, broken and a hazard to walk on to begin with. When is Schenectady going to fix them so people can actually use them?Right now, it is almost impossible to push a stroller on the sidewalk. If it doesn’t wake the baby, the stroller wheels get caught on the uneven edges. It is time for Schenectady to do something about the sidewalks so they are usable.Sue WardSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBail reforms make New Yorkers unsafecenter_img In light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks across the county, we stand against hate. And we remind each other that “never again” is now.Sometimes, hate is clear. Hate is burning a cross or attacking a synagogue. Hate is separating families or locking children in cages. Hate is mass incarceration or voter suppression. In fact, it’s easy to be against these kinds of hate.But hate is bigger than all that, because it’s so much smaller.Hate is the small bits of bigotry and intolerance that we all see every day. There is hate in the names that we call each other when we are mad. There is hate in telling an inappropriate joke. Or not saying anything when you hear one.There is hate in spreading gossip about a neighbor, an enemy or a political candidate. There is hate in inflammatory postcards and divisive lawn signs that come out two days before an election.Hate isn’t just the big stuff. It’s also the small stuff.Hate is destroying our community. We must all take stock of our thoughts and actions. We must call out hate in all its forms. And take responsibility to stop it.Jon LemelinNiskayunaKnow what goes into the products you buyWe can all fight climate change one step at a time. First, we can commit to buy less, reduce, reuse and recycle. And when we do buy items, we can do the research and buy products that are environmentally safe for our homes and the planet.Recently I needed to replace a rug in my home. Having had an allergic reaction to synthetic carpet in the past, I was determined to avoid purchasing anything that would adversely affect the air quality where I live, and I wanted a Fair Trade item. I began by exploring natural fibers such as wool, sisal, jute, seagrass and organic cotton. I learned that while selecting a natural fiber was a good start, it was also imperative to know if the dye was plant-based and what chemicals (if any) were used in the production process. Chemicals that are stain-resistant, fireproof, etc., can be toxic for years to come. Some of this information can be found in the product description.Another concern was the carpet backing. I wanted to avoid petroleum-based backing. I found that backings of hemp, cotton or natural latex were all options. If you need a rug pad, avoid the synthetic products and choose natural pads.Websites such as Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), OEKO-TEX, and GREENGUARD Gold Certification and ecologycenter.org are invaluable. The GOTS site addresses Fair Trade issues too.Natural products are sometimes more expensive, but there are deals to be found if you look for them.Cynde SchwartzNiskayunaTonko doesn’t care about military vetsRegarding Bill Shapiro’s Jan. 3 letter (“Tonko works hard to protect environment”) praising Paul Tonko: How much did he pay you for writing this letter? Tonko is a liberal Democrat who will sit down with undocumented immigrants and says he will help them, but he will not sit with me and help me personally with my problem with the VA hospital. I am a 100% disabled World War II veteran.You said he went to college at Clarkson University. Well, he had better go back, because he has not learned the difference between American veterans and undocumented immigrants. Anyone who praises and supports him is not a good American. Remember that on Election Day.Vincent BelardoAlbanyDo all we can to build up teacher diversityThe state Education Department’s recent report on teacher diversity (“State education report draws sharp focus on lagging teacher diversity in state”, Jan. 6) was hardly shocking.New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has been engaging with educators around the state to not just identify root causes of this issue, but also to find solutions.Education policymakers must first consider how current education policies affect students’ school experiences. For example, when a state test mislabels an 8-year-old child as failing, that sends the wrong message about why working in a school as an adult will be positive.Next, to create a pipeline of teachers of color, expanding the state programs focused on diversifying college teacher prep programs and addressing student debt is key.For those pursuing teaching, mentorship is crucial, particularly for teachers of color. We see higher rates of attrition and burnout among teachers of color than for white teachers, with 22% leaving the profession. Expanding the state’s Mentor Teacher Internship Program is one step toward addressing that issue.Mentoring that helps all early-career educators identify systemic injustice, an issue that strikes to the heart of the school experience issue, also is important. NYSUT, through a National Education Association grant, has established a mentoring program in Schenectady and Amsterdam to help these teachers be more mindful of bias and start addressing it.As New York faces a teacher shortage across the board, any way we can improve rates of diversity is a boon to tackling the shortage as a whole.Jolene T. DiBrangoLathamThe writer is executive vice president of New York State United Teachers. Priesthood demands personal sacrificesThe priesthood exists as proof that Christ is the Word incarnate.Though every vocation is a calling to emanate Jesus’ teachings, the ordained are tasked with answering the spiritual needs of His flock.This duty is incompatible with commercial, professional or personal pursuits and instead requires a life of prayer, poverty and abstinence.Recognizing this, Jesus told Peter to first set aside his net (Mt 4:19), then to lay down his sword (Mt 26:52), and finally to tend his flock (Jn 21:16). Peter’s yes to his closest friend was a sacrifice of his personal wants and an embrace of his God-given potential.Oftentimes, the secularization of the church hinders its ability to minister to the faithful. We see this in the competition among parishes, clergy posturing to be bishop, and a preoccupation with institutional approaches. Past evidence dating back 1,000 years included married priests whose children would inherit church property, a practice that ended acceptance of married priests.Today, Pope Francis’ desire to renege on that reversal rests on the current shortage of priests, especially in the Amazon and Pacific islands. The term “shortage” arbitrarily refers to the distribution of parishes and availability of sacraments. This inevitably leads to the fallacy of recruiting priests or loosening the requirements instead of working towards a culture of discernment. People could then live authentic lives according to their respective callings.Stephen DansereauAlbanyFind money to fix Stryker Rd. in GilboaGov. Cuomo, I see in recent weeks you are able to come up with millions of dollars for miscellaneous projects in New York. How about looking at rebuilding Stryker Road in the town of Gilboa that was washed away back in 2011 by Hurricane Irene?FEMA denied rebuilding it for approximately $8 million but approved the building of a covered bridge nearby in the town of Blenheim for approximately $7 million.There are many local people and campers that are must follow detours because FEMA dropped the ball on this project. Please look into this project and maybe New York can be the hero for fixing the road.Scott AndersonScotiaLiberty statue serves as civic inspirationTo say I’m displeased with the long-in-coming relegation of our Lady Liberty to the corner of Erie Boulevard and Union Street is an understatement.It’s an attempt to appease that was not obviously, in my opinion, given much thought. The location is downright obnoxious for the reasons stated in the Aug. 30 Daily Gazette editorial and by several other writers to the editor.We should honor our heritage not relegate it to the trash bin of history. Our local, state and national symbols, supporting what it means to be an aspirational and active American citizen, need to be honored as well as displayed respectfully.As our National Lady Liberty, in New York Harbor, stands at the Gateway to America, so should our communities Lady stand restored to our Gateway Park, aka Liberty Park, the Gateway to our county seat.The city and county of Schenectady have a long and storied history starting in the 1600s. Schenectady was built and is still populated by generations of immigrants who are “Americans.”Lady Liberty is a silent sentinel with a big message: “Liberty must be continually nurtured in every generation so as to keep it front and center – we ignore it at our peril.”I was there as a young Boy Scout at our Lady’s dedication. I was learning about what it means to be a citizen, a significant step in my citizenship education. On many occasions, over many years, I have spoken about it with pride to my fellow citizens, young and old alike.Lance R. JacksonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more


October 20, 2020 0

Did Guardiola force veteran Bayern team doctor to resign after 38 years?

first_imgBayern Munich’s long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has surprisingly resigned following their Champions League loss to Porto, saying the medical department was blamed for the defeat.Mueller-Wohlfahrt, a respected doctor, has been in charge since 1977 and has also treated many other top global athletes, including sprinter Usain Bolt, while also being the German national soccer team doctor as well.”After the Champions League game at Porto for unexplained reasons it was the medical department that was chiefly blamed for the defeat,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt said in a late night statement on Thursday.He said “the relationship of trust has been permanently damaged.”Bayern have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks with Bastian Schweinstieger, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and David Alaba all missing the game against the Portuguese team on Wednesday.The ties with Pep Guardiola who took over in 2014 were tense from the first season with midfielder Thiago Alcantara being sent for treatment to Barcelona by the Spanish coach without consulting the team doctor. The most recent incident was involving Ribery. The player was initially ruled out for a few days with an injury but the winger has already missed the last five weeks.”Ask the team doctor, I have no idea,” Guardiola said last week when asked when the player would make his comeback.Mueller-Wohlfahrt’s resignation comes at a crucial time for Bayern, who are chasing a treble of titles, entering the crucial phase of the season.Bayern, who are 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup last four and have to overturn the 3-1 deficit against Porto in the return leg in Munich next week.The club could not be immediately reached for a comment. –last_img read more


August 28, 2020 0