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November 14th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

Rep. Israel: LIPA after Sandy a 'management disaster trying to manage a disaster'

New York Rep. Steve Israel held a press conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi yesterday to welcome new House Democrats, and on Starting Point today the Congressman weighs in on the Minority Leader's political future.

"I hope she decides to stay," Israel says. Discussing the recent election, Israel says that "more than anything, [Pelosi] has helped elect a class of problem solvers."

Regarding the impending fiscal cliff, Israel stresses, "Solutions have a mandate. Compromise has a mandate... In this election, most of the Tea Party generals, the icons of the Tea Party, they ended up getting defeated in this election, so that's the mandate we have."

Rep. Israel also addresses the ongoing power outages in Long Island caused by Hurricane Sandy, calling the situation "outrageous and unacceptable."

"This was a management disaster trying to manage a disaster," Israel says. "LIPA needs a top to bottom reform in accountability."

Filed under: Fiscal cliff • Hurricane Sandy • Nancy Pelosi
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  1. pmoffler

    I have a suggestion for FEMA regarding the areas devastated and that need a total rebuild. Since by now all insurance issues should have been resolved, why not bulldoze each area. The sewer, water and elctrical hookups are already there then why not clear the lots quickly and put FEMA trailers there yesterday? or Position them in such a way as to allow rebuilding as well as supply a place for the people to stay? This could have been done at least a week ago, Or some kinda plan like that! Makes alot more sense than to rinky dink around like they have been doing! They ned to get their act together!!

    November 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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