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Proposed resolution would use state cash infusion to cushion post-Indian Point impact

Plant’s closure expected to have negative effect on Westchester's economy

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WHITE PLAINS — With Indian Point scheduled to close in the coming years, Westchester County legislators are working on ways to help alleviate the burden that will come with its closure.

Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Majority Leader Catherine Borgia introduced a resolution which would demand the state and the federal government to help the county when Indian Point closes in 2021.

“Often times, people think Westchester County is a rich county and we don't need help, but that's not true,” Borgia said.

Entergy's Indian Point power plant provided $32 million a year to the Town of Cortlandt. Its closure is anticipated to have a large economic and environmental impact on the town and its surrounding communities.

“There’s also significant and long-lasting environmental issues that we have to deal with and we want the federal government and the state government to know that we deserve the help to make sure that the people of Westchester County, especially the people of the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Buchanan, have adequate safety protections, have adequate economic development opportunities and have adequate protection against job loss,” she said.

While Borgia is a member of the state's Indian Point Task Force, she says this resolution is the county's way of lending a helping hand.

Though she has bi-partisan support for the resolution, Borgia hopes it passes unanimously when voted on at the next board of legislators meeting on Oct. 30.

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