Cynthia Nixon protests at rally against CPV power plant

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's main opponent pledged her support Saturday with protesters fighting a newly built power plant in Orange County.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon tells News 12 that she would shut down the Competitive Power Ventures plant in Wawayanda if she were elected governor.

Environmentalists and health advocates say that the CPV plant is running on diesel, spilling noxious fumes and intends to eventually transition to fracked natural gas.

"It's poisoning people's health when it's just running on diesel," Nixon says. "Once it's running on fracked gas, it's already an environmental disaster. It will become an environmental devastation."

Actor James Cromwell, a regular at the weekly CPV protests, was also at the plant Saturday. Cromwell was once jailed for his activism there in 2015.

"The ball is in Governor Cuomo's court," says Cromwell. "He can stop this."

As News 12 has reported, the plant has come under scrutiny after a top-aide to the governor, with ties to the project, was convicted on bribery charges.

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