Caithness on hold…

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LIPA announced it’s putting plans for the Caithness 2 power plant on hold.
The power plant was slated to be built next to the existing Caithness plant in Yaphank. Residents in the area want the project scrapped, saying it is not necessary.
LIPA says there is enough power to supply Long Island through 2018. However, an internal PSEG report claims Long Island can meet state energy requirements through 2022 without a second power plant.
LIPA also voted today to borrow $2.4 billion to pay for current projects and to help restructure some of its existing debt.

East Hampton Airport has been busy…

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Traffic is up 20 percent this year at East Hampton Airport, the transportation hub primarily serving helicopters and private jets carrying wealthy summer residents to the Hamptons.
Airport officials are looking into whether Blade, a service unveiled this year that allows travelers to use a mobile phone app to book helicopter flights from Manhattan to the Hamptons, is a contributing factor.
Helicopter traffic is up 40 percent, while jet traffic is down 13 percent, said East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

Port Washington explosion might have been intentional

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An explosion that rocked a Port Washington property and ravaged two surrounding structures with fire is believed to be “intentionally set,” a fire official said Wednesday.
Brian Waterson, an assistant Port Washington chief, said fire officials believe the blaze late Tuesday at a residence on Prospect Avenue was “intentionally set with some sort of accelerant” because of the explosion and the fire that spread quickly.
He said the blaze destroyed a garage on the Prospect Avenue property as well as a structure at a neighboring house on the street

Former NYPD pleads guilty to hit and run

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A retired New York City police officer is pleading guilty to a hit-and-run accident that killed a 13-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome. 

Michael Elardo originally told prosecutors that he believed he hit a construction barrier in June.  Bryanna Soplin had apparently wandered out of her Levittown home shortly after midnight on June 15th and was crossing Sunrise Highway in an attempt to get to her grandfather’s house.  Elardo apologized to the girl’s mother and grandmother. 

The judge said he would sentence Elardo to one-and-a-third to four years in prison.