2009-03-26 / Local & State

Labor Chief Too Drunk To Sign Name

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The acting chief of Pennsylvania's Labor and Industry Department was too drunk to sign a citation for public drunkenness, according to Harrisburg police.

Sandi Vito entered a rehabilitation facility last week, shortly after news stories were published about the incident at the bar of a downtown hotel.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg published a copy of the citation in Thursday's editions. It said Vito, 43, was "extremely intoxicated'' and the line for her signature con- tained the entry "too drunk to sign.''

Labor Department spokesman Troy Thompson noted that his boss had expressed her "sincere remorse'' in a written statement she issued upon entering the rehab program.

Thompson objected to news coverage about Officer Amy Bright's description of Vito's condition in the citation, which was filed in a Harrisburg district court Wednesday. He called it "just ridiculous.''

Vito has been acting secretary since February 2008, earning $136,000 a year. She is awaiting a Senate vote on her nomination by Gov. Ed Rendell to serve in the position on a permanent basis.

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