The Indian Point nuclear reactors are just 25 miles from the closest points in the 42 nd State Senate District, currently represented by veteran Republican John Bonacic.

Democrat Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet is seriously considering a challenge. Indian Point could be a key issue.

Zimet has taken an active interest in the debate over Indian Point’s future, including attending this week’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting on the spent fuel pool, and apparent leaks of radioactive material.

Zimet says a strategy has already evolved. “The last time that I had met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission personally, they pretty much had said that when we get a new governor, if the governor wants to close down Indian Point, Indian Point will get closed down,” she said. “My goal is to help get a new governor, and hopefully, if I should choose to run for Senate and be up for the Senate, to help vote to support him to close Indian Point down.”

A new governor is assured. Republican George Pataki is not seeking a fourth term.

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