They cursed and they yelled outside a public school in Oceanside on Friday. About 700 residents of this town in southern Nassau County faced off against their local, elected officials, including the Town Supervisor, enraged that they 're still without power, 12 days after super storm Sandy flooded their homes and knocked down their utility poles.
"Only LIPA can turn the electricity back on," Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray, tried to tell them.
"You lie," screamed one furious resident, as the raucous crowd also yelled at U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy, who only got her power back in Mineola a couple of days ago.
The Long Island Power Authority reported Friday evening that 162,789 customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties remained without power. That's down 100,000 from the evening before. But the slow pace of power restoration, following this week's nor'easter, prompted prominent, Nassau County political leaders to call on the federal government for crisis intervention.
"President Obama, this is our Katrina,"
said State Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos, referring to the hurricane that devastated the people of New Orleans in 2005.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun