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"Coastal Flood Statement" ...Coastal Flood Warning for this evening is cancelled... ...Localized minor coastal flooding Tuesday morning... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 1/2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides Tuesday morning. * Timing...coastal flood threat has ended for this evening. Localized minor coastal flooding expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle. * Coastal flood impacts...brief and localized minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. , "Wind Advisory" ...Wind Advisory in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... ...High Wind Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Advisory...which is in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday. The High Wind Warning has been cancelled. * Winds...northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected until late tonight. * Impacts...strong winds may blow down limbs...trees...and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. Limited visibilities will make travel very difficult. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph... or gusts of 46 to 57 mph...are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. , "Gale Warning" ...Gale Warning in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... ...Storm Warning is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Gale Warning... which is in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday. The Storm Warning has been cancelled. * Winds and seas...northeast winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 3 to 6 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Gale Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 34 to 47 kt are expected or occurring. Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe Harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions. -- Tuesday Jan.24 17,12:00 AM

LIPA Chairman Announces Resignation

Howard Steinberg, LIPA's chairman, announced his resignation from the board, citing his expired term limit and lack of time due to his private-sector duties.

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LIPA Chairman Howard Steinberg announced his resignation from the board in a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

Steinberg is one of four recent resignations coming from the power authority.  LIPA’s chief operating officer Michael Hervey announced his own resignation, which was accepted by Steinberg on Nov. 13.  Hervey will be serving for the rest of the year before leaving his post.
Two other board members, X. Christofer Damianos and Bruce Germano, both resigned amid the harsh criticisms and investigation following the authority’s management of the post-Superstorm Sandy restoration.  Over 90 percent of LIPA’s customers lost power due to the storm, and some customers in severely flooded areas still remain without service a month later.
Gov. Cuomo ordered an investigation into LIPA’s handling of the restoration process and has threatened to revoke the company’s certificate.  LIPA, along National Grid which operates it’s electricity network, faces a lawsuit filed by customers earlier this month. 
Cuomo has the ability to appoint nine members of the fifteen-member board, including the chairman, and currently there are only eight members remaining.  Cuomo has only appointed one member in the past two years, despite vacancies.
Steinberg, who was appointed by Gov. Pataki in 1999, based his resignation on his term limit, which expired in 2011.  He went on to say that his duties as a “private-sector attorney” prevented him from contributing to fixing LIPA’s numerous problems.  
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