Kaiman Mum on LIPA Chief Resignation

North Hempstead supervisor, reportedly on short list of replacement candidates, declines request for comment Wednesday.

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, reportedly on a short list of candidates for the chief executive position at the Long Island Power Authority, had little to say Wednesday regarding the recent resignation announcement of LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey.

The "supervisor is not going to comment on the resignation at this point," said North Hempstead spokesman Sidhartha Nathan to Patch Wednesday. "The Town will also not be commenting on the possibility of Mr. Kaiman replacing Hervey at this point either."

Hervey's resignation is effective at the end of December, according to a statement issued by Long Island Power Authority Chairman Howard E. Steinberg on Tuesday.

The appointment of a new LIPA chief is expected to come from Albany in the coming weeks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, like Kaiman and other elected officials, has criticized LIPA's supertsorm Sandy response.

LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric utility, provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. 

LIPA officials did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

The company has come under heavy criticism for its response to Sandy which knocked power out to more than 900,000 Long Island customers. Thousands of residents were without power for nearly two weeks following the storm.

Hervey's responsibilities include oversight of LIPA’s Transmission and Distribution business. In addition, he oversees the organization of the corporate office and contractual outsource agreements.

Hervey stepped in as acting CEO in 2010 after former chief Kevin Law resigned the job to take over as chief executive of the Long Island Association.

Kaiman, a longtime resident of Great Neck, has served as supervisor in North Hempstead since 2004.

James Best November 15, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I must have that rare gift of being able to speak for myself. I guess some less intelligent folks need a spokesperson
R Miller November 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Well if this not a recipe for disaster I do not know what is?
MJM November 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Kaiman has been mum on everything about the hurricane -- except when it comes to patting himself on the back. Who needs this guy "representing" us? Well, I'm glad I didn't vote for him.
Suzanne November 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM
If Kaiman's handling of Sandy is any indication of how he manages a situation LI'ers have a serious problem. Where was he during the storm? Where was his outrage for the people suffering in his town? Where was the communication? Drive trough the TNH, debris everywhere, extensive long term power outages. We weren't flooded but our area was ravaged with wind damage. His leadership is anything but. If he takes over LIPA he gets another notch in his egotistical belt and a guaranteed multimillion dollar contract. The people of Long Island will get more of the same and we should get used to remaining in the dark.
Mary November 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Call the Govenor's office and tell them they should not appoint this inept politician. I called yesterday and reminded them that many of the people he supervised in our Building Dept went to prison
mick November 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Why not hire a supervisor from one of the out of town utility companies that came here to work? At least it will be someone who really knows the business! But then again he might not take the job because they saw how antiquated our system was!
James Best November 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
This kaiman guy is a disaster. Why do we keep electing the moron?
hank ratner November 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It's my opinion that this Kaiman "bashing" is totally off base.
Dan November 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
How about We start by getting rid of LIPA's board of directors who that is made up of Judges and Lawyers! How this came to be is the work of a real Idiot. I would never get a plumber to operate on me and I would never hire lawyers and Judges to run a power company. It's no wonder that half of LIPA's work force makes over $100,000 a year but can't even do their job. Nepotism at it's finest. To them it's unthinkable to hire within. Someone who has been there for years and knows all the in's and outs. No, They sat and filled their pockets of ever penny that was to go to rebuilding and preplacing and upgrading all of LIPA's entire long Island infrastructure. But We can be sure nothing will change because these people will be let go, replaced and no one will be held accountable. But We can count on one thing and that will be even higher rates to LIPA's negligence.
George k November 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Hank. How is this Kaiman bashing ? Have you ever dealt with the building department? Is it ok for Kaiman to spend our tax dollars to fight Nassau county so he can hide his books ? What planet do you live on ?
Just an engineer November 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Let's just say that we'd like someone who's a proven, experienced pro with a proven and successful track record in operating a major utility and leave it as that. Kaiman is not that person. Not Kaiman-bashing, just the truth.
donna November 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Thank you for posting these intelligent words.
Mary November 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
George - Hank didn't like Kaiman a few months ago when he was fighting the Hands of Change on the Alvan Petrus Park issue. Now that Kaiman said he would give the kids back their park, Hank is back to loving the guy. Remember Hank there are alot more issue that Kaiman is screwing up. Building Dept., Roslyn Country Club, Rezoning Main Street in Port Washington, hiding the books for Clinton G. Martin Park, etc.
Nancy November 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Who really cares what Kaiman is mum on , why goes patch give this empty suit any press ?
fred November 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Nassau? What do you have against dieticians?
Nancy November 16, 2012 at 04:09 AM
At least a dietician does not have as bad a reputation as a failed lawyer/ politician
James Best November 16, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Does kaiman even know what a megawatt hour is or how much it costs? Does he know what a combined cycle gas turbine is and why its advantageous?
James Best November 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
If he gets appointed to the LIPA CEO role because of his political cronism, all LIPA customers should protest by withholding payment until he is removed
fred November 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
You are all wrong! Kaiman knows a lot about power and he wants as much as he can get!
Jasmine Johnson November 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Kaiman is a pusilanimous puny turd
NASSAU TAX November 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Ratner "The kissing up wil not get you anywhere" Kaiman still does not like you.
hank ratner November 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I just love how so many of you who post on the Patch do not have the courage to sign in with their real names.
Jasmine Johnson November 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM
and what of those of us that do?
NH taxed November 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
hanki your post's grammar is totally wrong , no wonder you like Kaiman
Jasmine Johnson November 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Is hank RATner someone we should know? who are you hank?
Jasmine Johnson November 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
You obviously are not the empty suited lawyer that is now the CEO of madison square garden corp. BTW if you are, I would recommend getting a pesonal trainer, hitting the gym and a regimen of intense abdominal work or get the tumor that s hanging over your belt removed immediately, it may be malignant. They say you are 52 but you really do look like crap
george November 25, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Kaiman needs to be removed from OUR Town , like cancerous tumor , ASAP
bob young November 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Rick Ueland November 25, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Hank, I've posted on every blog I've been able to that Kaiman is absolutely the wrong person to run LIPA. He's nothing but a political hack and a photo opp. Just look at the Building Dept scandal under his leadership and the backroom deal for the Roslyn Country Club. By the way, I always use my real name. Would have no problem going one on one with Kaiman. If there was a way to eliminate the TONH I'd be the first to vote for it. It's a total joke.
bob young November 25, 2012 at 04:02 AM
no way no how will cuomo appoint kaiman to be in charge of LIPA, unless of course cuomo wants to cmmit political suicide


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