To the editor:
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that Indian Point will close down should have another positive impact: The announcement confirms that citizens can make a difference in the decision making processes of government.
Since 9/11, hundreds of citizens, civic leaders, community groups and municipal officials have pushed for the closure of Indian Point -- and were effective in highlighting the fact that Indian Point is a safety risk.
The Riverkeeper, Clearwater, Scenic Hudson, IPSEC, WESPAC and so many others devoted thousands of hours making a convincing case that the plant was unsafe and should not be located near 20 million people.
It was an uphill battle.
Initially, the NRC, Entergy and high level officials did not take the citizens seriously. But the activists persisted and won.
Democracy worked. A lesson can be learned from this success.
Citizens should speak out on all issues they feel strongly about.
You can make a difference!
(Paul Feiner is longtime supervisor of the town of Greenburgh.)