Lowey sponsors legislation to help communities impacted by Indian Point closure

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Rep. Nita Lowey is behind new legislation aimed to help communities that will be impacted by the closure of Indian Point.

When Indian Point officially closes its doors in 2021, Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker says half of the town's revenue will go with it.

“We're going to look at how we can do our services more efficiently, otherwise the taxes will go up,” she says.

Officials say when losses are combined with potential cuts in the Hendrick Hudson School District and the town of Cortlandt, it’s about a loss of $32 million a year.

Lowey, who was one of the high-profile supporters of the shutdown of Indian Point, met with local leaders to discuss the three bills she's sponsoring in Congress that she hopes will ensure on-site safety at the plant after it closes and provide a steady stream of revenue to help make up for the lost tax revenue.

“We all have a responsibility to keep the community safe and but also to do everything we can do to create and sustain jobs,” she says.


 

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