Mary MuellerOct 27, 2017, 12:32 pmOct 27, 2017, 4:52 pm

Resolution seeks to rehire 1,000 Entergy workers likely to lose their jobs

Buchanan mayor says who better to rehire for decommissioning than the employees who know plant the best

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BUCHANAN — Indian Point slated to shut down by 2021, and that means about the 1,000 Entergy workers could lose their jobs.

But lawmakers are fighting to get them rehired when the plant is decommissioned.

These are some of the 1,000 Entergy workers in Buchanan who will lose their jobs when Indian Point closes.

So Westchester County legislators Catherine Borgia and John Testa are trying to get a resolution passed that will require them all to be rehired when the decommissioning of the plant begins.

The mayor of Buchanan says who better to rehire for decommissioning than the employees who know the plant the best.

She says any assistance the county can provide, Buchanan will take.

They're set to lose 50 percent of their revenue when the plant closes.

Borgia says Entergy may provide these 1,000 workers other jobs in the company, but they would have to leave New York.

So, she says this resolution will put workers and contractors at the top of the list to work at other nuclear facilities in the state.

However, there are some concerns about the resolution.

Co-author John Testa wants to make sure these workers aren't being rehired for jobs they aren't qualified for.

Meanwhile, Robert Outhouse, who is running against Borgia, calls the resolution weak and says it comes too late.

The resolution also has provisions for resources from the state and federal government to help with the economic impact of the closure, and it calls on the federal government to provide a plan on how the plant will be safely closed.

Borgia says it could be up for a vote as early as Monday and believes it will pass.

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