The Long Island Power Authority, the quasi-governmental agency that oversees energy distribution from National Grid on Long Island, can’t be fixed. But it can be overhauled.

And Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to strike now while the political iron is hot.

That was the message from Cuomo at his news conference earlier this afternoon in which he, along with MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the re-opening of the Hugh Carey Tunnel, formerly the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

Cuomo has signed an executive order that created a Moreland Commission to investigate the state’s utilities’ handling of major storms and power outages and suggest ways to change the system.

“I don’t believe you can fix it,” Cuomo said of LIPA, which has come under increasing criticism for its pace of bringing power back to Long Island cusomters. “I believe it has to be overhauled and you need a new system.”

Cuomo said the recommendations from the Moreland panel, which need legislative approval, would come now as the focus is on the power companies.

“We redesign a new system and then working with the Legislature we actually get it done,” he said.

Cuomo at the news conference described the commission’s work as a “massive enterprise” that will be “disruptive.”

The governor did push for reform of the state’s energy bureaucracy in his 2010 campaign, writing in one of his many policy books that great integration of the far-flung agencies is needed.

“The large number of separate agencies with oversight roles over different pieces of the state’s energy policy and programs makes this coordination all the important.”

But as is nearly everything with Cuomo when it comes to politics and policy, the push for change comes when the stars align.

“Let’s do it while we are still in the moment,” Cuomo said. “I don’t want to lose the moment. People are focused now. People understand it, people get it. The legislators get it now. While we are still in the moment I want to talk about these changes and reforms. Too much time passes, people will move on, they will get on to something else and then it will be hard to get the kind of political will we need to make these changes.”