Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) customers in some of Hurricane Sandy's hardest hit areas were frustrated to receive normal electric bills this cycle--despite suffering through weeks without power.
The New York Post reports that Long Island residents were slammed with high bills for time spent in the dark. Although Newsday reports the charges will even out after the next meter reading, The Post said customers they spoke to claimed their statements made no mention of potential refunds.
Restaurant owner Jonathan Saporta was hit with both a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck home.
“I can’t get LIPA to acknowledge my existence on earth to talk to me about anything,” he told The Post. “But I guess they had power, so they could print my bills. Nice, right?”
This is only the latest publicity gaffe for the company, which took several weeks to restore power to many of its customers.
LIPA Chief Operating Officer Mike Hervey resigned in mid-November after harsh criticism was leveled over his company's handling of the superstorm, according to Reuters. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an investigation into the state's utilities the same day as Hervey's resignation.
And then came news that a class action lawsuit would be filed against the company and its partner National Grid.
According to Bloomberg, two customers accuse LIPA of failing to provide electric services because of its “disregard” in management and maintenance of equipment, facilities and personnel and its “failure to replace an outdated, obsolete outage management system which lacks the ability to manage large-scale outages."
For his part, Saporta said he will be fighting LIPA's "criminal" bills.
"They can put me into collections," Saporta said, "and I'll fight them tooth-and-nail."
U-Haul is <a href="http://www.uhaul.com/Articles/About/1091/U-Haul-Offers-30-Days-of-Free-Storage-and-U-Box-Pod-Moving-and-Storage-to-Residents-Throughout-Northeastern-Parts-of-the-United-States" target="_hplink">offering 30 days of free storage</a> to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Home Depot donated $1 million to help fund hurricane relief, <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/11/01/home-depot-gives-1-million-to-sandy.html">the Atlantic Business Chronicle eeports</a>. Home Depot also shipped out hundreds of truckloads of supplies to affected areas throughout the northeast, according to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203335504578088863559188542.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">The Wall Street Journal</a>.
Walmart has said it will donate $1.5 million to the relief effort, <a href="http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2012/11/02/14859796-companies-step-up-to-help-victims-of-sandy?lite#__utma=14933801.284669080.1343909123.1351794468.1351875466.24&__utmb=14933801.1.10.1351875466&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1351097238.13.4.utmcsr=t.co%7Cutmccn=(referral)%7Cutmcmd=referral%7Cutmcct=/hPDrnKVo&__utmv=14933801.%7C8=Earned By=msnbc%7Ccover=1">according to NBC News</a>.
JP Morgan Chase
JP Morgan Chase waived overdraft and late fees on loans and credit cards during the brunt of the storm, <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/01/banks-and-businesses-show-heart-in-wake-of-hurricane-sandy/">Time reports</a>.
The NFL Players' Union has pledged to donate $1 million to the Red Cross to help those affected by Sandy, <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8580669/nfl-union-donating-1m-hurricane-sandy-relief-effort">ESPN reports</a>.
The hotel and travel website Airbnb is waiving its fees in affected areas of the northeast. CEO Brian Chesky has urged the hotels listed on the site to lower their rates in light of the recent events, <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/01/banks-and-businesses-show-heart-in-wake-of-hurricane-sandy/">Newsweek reports</a>.
CVS Caremark will donate more than $150,000 worth of food and water to the Red Cross, <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/31/4951686/cvs-caremark-donates-more-than.html">the Sacramento Bee reports</a>.
Kohl's plans to donate $1 million in cash to the Red Cross and is encouraging its employees to volunteer in the relief effort, <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/business/kohls-northwestern-mutual-announce-storm-relief-donations-to-red-cross-c97f2qf-176844991.html">the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports</a>.
Viacom is donating $1 million to the relief effort and is working to help Viacom employees who were impacted by the hurricane, <a href="http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/hurricane-sandy-corporations-donate-millions">Mother Nature Network reports</a>.
New York Yankees
The Yankees are donating $500,000 to the Red Cross, <a href="http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2012/10/yankees_to_donate_500000_to_hu.html">according to NJ.com</a>.
Chevrolet has donated 50 large vans to the Red Cross to help bring relief to those in need, <a href="http://www.autoworldnews.com/articles/2591/20121101/red-cross-receives-50-vehicles-chevrolet-aid-hurricane-sandy-victims.htm">Auto World News reports</a>.
West coast energy company PG&E sent trucks, equipment, and workers to the east coast earlier this week. The PG&E crews are expected to stay and help north-easterners for the next few weeks, <a href="http://www.myfoxal.com/story/19964896/energy-company-on-west-coast-helping-in-sandy-efforts">Fox WBRC reports</a>.
The Walt Disney Company is donating $2 million to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and will run public service announcements encouraging viewers to donate and volunteer on its television channels, <a href="http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/hurricane-sandy-corporations-donate-millions">Mother Nature Network reports</a>.
Home improvement chain Lowe's is donating $1 million and will be accepting donations for the Red Cross in its stores, <a href="http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/hurricane-sandy-corporations-donate-millions">Mother Nature Network reports</a>.
Wells Fargo donated $1 million to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and will be accepting donations to the Red Cross through its ATMs until November 13th. Wells Fargo also waived many late fees through yesterday, <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2012/11/01/wells-fargo-gives-1m-for-hurricane.html">San Francisco Business Times reports</a>.