first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, today reiterated that it will be incredibly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of Vermont Yankee unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.  In addition, the legislative leaders again noted that before the General Assembly acts there needs to be a requirement in place for Entergy to have enough assets to pay for restoration of the site upon the closing of Vermont Yankee. It would be irresponsible for the General Assembly to make a decision regarding the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee plant without a full understanding of the economic impact that it will have on Vermonters during these touch economic times, said Senator Shumlin. With the market price of power currently at 4.1 cents a kilowatt hour, the claim by Entergy Louisiana that Vermont Yankee will be the cheapest source of power for Vermonters remains to be seen. We have been clear through legislation and communication with Entergy Corporation that the decommissioning fund shortfall needs to be resolved and the Purchase Power Agreement needs to be in place before the General Assembly can act on whether or not Vermont Yankee can continue to operate beyond 2012, said Speaker Smith.  We remain firm on these two points.Source: Senator Shumlin’s office. 10.7.2009last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Eastport man was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison for killing a 27-year-old woman in a hit-and-run crash, sparking renewed calls for tougher penalties in such cases.Peter Torrillo had pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court to leaving the scene of fatal crash.Prosecutors said the 48-year-old man was driving his GMC Sierra eastbound on Montauk Highway when he struck Erika Strebel, who is also from Eastport, and Edward Barton, of East Moriches, on Nov. 2.“A drunk or drug impaired driver who kills someone may face up to 25 years in prison,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said. “But fleeing the accident scene allows the wrongdoer a chance to sober up, and under the current law, any driver guilty of a hit and run faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years—even when someone dies and even if the defendant has a prior felony record.“This profound encouragement to leave the scene must be eliminated,” Spota continued, urging New York State lawmakers to more than double the maximum punishment for a convicted hit-and-run driver before the legislative session ends next week. “It’s time to close this loophole.”Torrillo, who was not charged with drunken driving, reportedly had a prior conviction for driving while high on drugs. Authorities said that after the crash, Torrillo went to a bar in Center Moriches to listen to a band.The victims were parked on the eastbound shoulder of the roadway at the time because their Jeep Cherokee ran out of gas. Strebel died shortly later.Torrillo took his truck to a body shop in Queens, but county crime lab investigators later matched paint chips from the truck to the crash scene, authorities said.last_img read more