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Westchester lawmakers formally oppose Danskammer

Feb 10, 2021 1:45 pm

MidHudson News is reporting the Westchester County Board of Legislators has gone on record with its opposition to a proposal to build a new gas-powered electric generating plant at the site of the Danskammer plant along the Hudson River in the town of Newburgh. Lawmakers previously signed letters in opposition addressed to the governor and Public Service Commission. The decision to adopt a resolution adds the force of legislative action to the opposition, officials said. Legislator Catherine Parker, chief sponsor of the measure and chairwoman of the board’s oversight committee, said building a new Danskammer is the wrong thing to do. “Expanding the Danskammer plant to a full-time fossil fuel facility is exactly the wrong thing to do if we’re serious about a clean, sustainable future, and about meeting those goals.” Food and Water Watch organizer Santosh Nandabalan applauded the Westchester vote, saying it sends a clear message to the communities up and down the Hudson River. "Governor Cuomo must listen to the mounting chorus of counties and cities across the state and stop Danskammer,” Nandbalan said. Michelle Hook, Danskammer Energy vice president for public affairs, denied the company is expanding the plant or fracking. “The proposed upgrades would simply improve the 70-year-old plant that is there now, making it significantly cleaner and reducing local air pollution by tens of thousands of tons a year.” Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.