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Westchester County Exec Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Fresh off his re-election loss to Democratic state Senator George Latimer, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is dropping his two lawsuits over the closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Astorino’s suits alleged the deal announced in January to close Buchanan-based Indian Point by 2021 skirted state environmental laws. He says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Indian Point parent company Entergy and Riverkeeper reached the deal reached prematurely. In a statement, an Astorino spokesman says, in part, “While the county executive still fully believes in the suit’s merits, he felt it was inappropriate for him to continue with it given the change of administrations.”

Rich Azzopardi is spokesman for Governor Cuomo.

"From the very beginning we said this was a frivolous and politically motivated stunt that put the long term safety of Westchester residents at risk,” Azzopardi says. “The fact that he chose to end this charade now tells you everything you need to know."

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