FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Vincent Pina finally saw a couple of utility trucks coming down his street Thursday and started to wave in anticipation. But they just cruised past his house and kept on going.
He hung his head in resignation.
“The thing that gets me the most is that there is no flood damage. I don’t have any branches down. I have no wires down,” said the Long Islander, who put a hand-painted sign out front that read: “Still No Power.”
So why, he wondered, was it taking so long to get electricity?
A week and a half after Superstorm Sandy slammed the coast and inflicted tens of billions of dollars in damage, hundreds of thousands of customers in New York and New Jersey are still waiting for the electricity to come back on, and lots of cold and tired people are losing patience. Some are demanding investigations of utilities they say aren’t