Task Force Continues Work with Local Governments to Address Employment and Property Tax Impacts; Monitor Compliance with Closure Agreement
ALBANY — The New York State Department of Public Service (Department) today announced the next meeting of the Indian Point Closure Task Force on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Cortlandt Town Hall, Cortlandt, New York at 7:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting will be to continue discussion on the goals and priorities of the Task Force and to report on its progress. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will be jointly held with the locally organized Community Unity Task Force.
On February 28, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of a task force to provide guidance and support to the communities, taxing jurisdictions, and employees affected by the planned closure of Indian Point. The Task Force was charged with developing recommendations to mitigate local tax and workforce impacts, evaluating and identifying new economic opportunities and work force retraining programs and opportunities, advocating for appropriate decommissioning timelines in the best interests of local communities, and ultimately positioning the region for a prosperous and sustainable future.
At its last meeting, held on April 25, 2019, the Task Force publicly discussed and identified initiatives to help the local community prepare for the facility to cease power generation operations and shut down by 2021, discussed the proposed sale of Indian Point for decommissioning, evaluated annual reporting requirements, and continued discussions with local labor unions on employee support services.
The task force meeting will be held as follows:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Cortlandt Town Hall
1 Heady St.
Cortlandt, NY 10567
Task Force Members include:
State Representatives: Senator Peter Harckham; Assemblymember Sandy Galef; and several state agencies, including the Office of the Governor; Education Representatives; Department of Public Service; Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Labor; Department of Tax and Finance; Empire State Development; New York State Energy Research & Development Authority; Department of State; New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services; and the New York Power Authority.
Local Representatives: Catherine Borgia, Majority Leader, Westchester County Board of Legislators; John G. Testa, Minority Leader, Westchester County Board of Legislators; Linda D. Puglisi, Supervisor, Town of Cortlandt; Joseph Hochreiter, Superintendent, Hendrick Hudson School District; and Theresa Knickerbocker, Mayor, Village of Buchanan.
Labor Representatives: Teamsters Local 456; Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2; and Westchester Putnam Central Labor Council.
Any related documents filed in the above matter may be obtained by going to the Department’s website at www.dps.ny.gov and entering matter number 17-00994 in the input box labeled “Search for Case/Matter Number”. Many libraries offer free Internet access. Documents may also be obtained from the Department’s Files Office, 14th floor, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223 (518-474-2500). If you have difficulty understanding English, please call us at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this press release.