CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- A public forum will be held in Cortlandt this week to discuss the planned closing of Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, says Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo startled everyone from local officials to environmental groups earlier this month by announcing that the facility would be shut down in stages, starting in 2020 and ending sometime the following year.
“Entergy is our largest taxpayer,” Puglisi said in a statement announcing the Thursday, Jan. 26, meeting.
(The forum is set for 7 p.m. in the Nyberg Meeting Room at Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.)
Among the biggest concerns elected officials, and others, have raised about the closure are the economic fallout, job losses, the continued storage of spent fuel rods, and the general safety and security of the plant, once it is permanently shuttered, Puglisi said.
Gov. Cuomo, a Mount Kisco resident, was invited to the forum. As of press time Tuesday, it was not known if he planned to attend.
Expected to participate are: Puglisi, members of the Town Board, a representative of Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s, state Sen. Terrence Murphy, state Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Westchester County Legislature Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, county Legislator Catherine Borgia, county Legislator John Testa, Buchanan Mayor Therese Knickerbocker and village trustees, Croton-on-Hudson Mayor Greg Schmidt, Hendrick Hudson schools Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter and school board members, Verplanck Fire Commissioner Glenn Welch, Hendrick Hudson Free Library director Jill Davis and Deb Milone of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.