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Borgia & Local Leaders Demand Action on Indian Point Job Protection Resolution


(BUCHANAN, NY) Outside of Indian Point Energy Center’s main entrance, Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) stood with local leaders in support of her bi-partisan Indian Job Protection Resolution. The resolution is expected to come to a vote of the full Board of Legislators on Monday night, October 30th after being introduced on May 8th and referred to the committees on Energy & Regional Efficiencies, Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing, and Budget & Appropriations.


“This measure is one step in our board’s efforts to mitigate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Indian Point Energy Center closing,” said Borgia. “We have the talent right in our backyard, the decommissioning process will take skilled workers who have an intimate knowledge of the plant, it’s in everyone’s best interest to utilize it.”


“The closing of Indian Point impacts many workers who live in all of our communities; the passage of this resolution will be a strong statement that will ripple all the way up to Albany.” said New York Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.  


Majority Leader Borgia is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Indian Point Decommissioning Task Force that has met periodically to discuss and take action on issues related to this process. This resolution was an idea from that task force.


“They (workers) should have the opportunity when the plant decommissions to be able to say: “Yes, I want to be part of the decommission,” said Theresa Knickerbocker, Mayor, Village of Buchanan.


“Majority Leader Borgia’s bi-partisan Indian Point Resolution helps all workers at the plant - from temporary office workers, security, union contractors, plant maintenance to reactor operations. Our president, Tom Carey, has been working with Majority Leader Borgia and both the Governor’s Task Force and local town Task Force to insure workers protections and job training,” said Jenn Puja, Jenn Puja, Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body Labor Council Director.


“We need to work with every level of government to advocate for the best solutions for all of the impacted communities. I look forward to this resolution’s passage Monday night,” concluded Borgia.


In Photo Above: Jennifer Puja, representing Thomas Carey, President of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body (on left), NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (on left), Majority Leader Catherine Borgia & Village of Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker & Frank Palen, representing UA Local Union No. 21 (middle) & union members (on right).

 

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