Astorino to sue governor to keep Indian Point open

A battle is brewing over plans to close Indian Point in Buchanan.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino promised Wednesday to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and its jobs, around for years to come.

The agreement announced by Cuomo in January would see the site completely offline by 2021. Astorino says Cuomo ignored state law by not giving the public the chance to give their input on the closing of the plant.

Astorino, along with other Westchester lawmakers, announced they would be filing a lawsuit that would center on what's called the state Environmental Quality Review Act. According to the county executive, the act gives the public a chance to hear the environmental, economic and social impacts of closing a nuclear power plant before a proposal is approved.

The lawsuit must first be approved by the Westchester Board of Legislators and it must be approved by May 8 so the county can file in Supreme Court..

A spokesperson for Entergy, which owns the power plant, says they haven't seen the lawsuit yet and cannot comment.

Some people who spoke with News 12 agree with Astorino, and say procedures have to be followed when there's so much at stake. "I do believe that it should have been brought out to the public. It will affect many, many people in this county. It's going to affect our school districts, our businesses, over 1,000 workers that work there," says Linda Hatfield, of Garrison. Others say the county should move on from nuclear power. "We should focus on how we can replace the energy and figure it out to make a seamless change," says Phyllis Marmer, of Putnam Valley.

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