John Bruckner, president of National Grid Long Island transmission and distribution, said he had about 15,000 people working on restoration, including 6,400 linemen from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Matthew Cordaro, co-chairman of the Suffolk Legislature’s LIPA Oversight Committee and a former utility executive, said Con Ed and Public Service Electric & Gas New Jersey did a good job responding to the storm, and LIPA didn't.
While a storm of that magnitude would challenge any electricity provider, he said LIPA is probably one of the most poorly run utilities and has a ‘‘crazy’’ public-private organizational structure that’s fraught with problems and raises questions of accountability.
In New Jersey, post-Sandy recovery moved ahead, with Gov. Chris Christie announcing that the odd-even system of gas rationing would end starting Tuesday. The head of NJ Transit said a severely damaged rail line could be up and running more quickly than what had been estimated.