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LIPA executive to resign

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LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey has tendered his resignation, according to the authority. Hervey is the utility's acting CEO as well, according to its website

LIPA has been under fire from outraged Long Island residents, local officials, and even Gov. Andrew Cuomo since more than a million customers lost power in Superstorm Sandy.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees I have accepted his resignation, with regret," LIPA Chairman Howard Steinberg said in a statement. "Mike has played a leadership role in connection with the planned structural changes at LIPA going forward which will result in better service and accountability to LIPA's customers in the years ahead."

Hervey joined LIPA in 2000, according to the utility's website. His resignation is effective at the end of the year.

The Long Island Power Authority, the state's nonprofit municipal electric provider that owns the grid in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, said it had restored power to 99 percent of customers who were in the dark.

That does not include thousands of homes and businesses that suffered significant flood damage and cannot safely have power turned back on until repairs are made, LIPA said. Most of those customers -- about 27,000 -- are in the Rockaways. About 8,000 are in Nassau and Suffolk.

National Grid maintains and operates LIPA's grid, but in 2014 New Jersey-based PSEG is set to take over.

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