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Letter: Mario's legacy on electric rates

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo is said to have

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo is said to have admired French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Credit: UPI

Mario Cuomo deserves no praise for the deal he made as governor to shut the Shoreham nuclear plant ["Mario Cuomo's Long Island legacy," News, Jan. 2]. The Long Island Lighting Co. should have gone into bankruptcy for its mismanagement of Shoreham and its stubborn insistence on siting the plant at a location that made evacuation during an accident problematic at best. And bankruptcy it would have been, as the cost ballooned to $7 billion, but for the deal engineered by Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Cuomo made sure that everyone got out whole -- the stockholders, the bondholders, LILCO's upper management -- everyone, of course, except the people of Long Island. Thanks to that deal, we are still paying for Shoreham via electricity rates that are among the highest in the country.

Frances Cerra Whittelsey, Huntington