Larchmont, NY -- At last night’s meeting, the Board of Trustees for the village of Larchmont unanimously voted in favor of a resolution opposing the massive expansion of the Danskammer fracked gas power plant in Newburgh.
By taking this action, Larchmont has become the 23rd municipality in New York to oppose the project, and the fifth in Westchester County. The village’s recent opposition to Danskammer comes after the entire Westchester Board of Legislators opposed the Danskammer proposal.
Tiger Infrastructure, the Wall Street private equity firm that owns Danskammer, is proposing a massive expansion of a fracked gas plant, which sits along the Hudson River in Newburgh. The proposal to run the plant year-round would add toxic emissions to air in the surrounding communities, and worsen the effects of climate change.
“Larchmont affirms its opposition to expansion of the polluting Danskammer facility with this resolution,” says Lisa McDonald of the Village of Larchmont Environmental Committee. “We see the resolution as one of the first of many in which municipalities come together to reduce greenhouse gases as part of New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.”
“We are facing a crisis that requires dramatic and immediate action,” says high school activist and Sunrise Westchester Hub Co-Coordinator Caitlyn Carpenter. “We must continue to push Governor Cuomo to halt the expansion of fossil fuel plants so that we create a cleaner, more sustainable future for generations to come. Larchmont’s passing of this resolution is just one step of many to ensure that the Governor sees New Yorkers are done with dirty fossil fuel plants like the Danskammer. We are ready for change.”
"It is great to see Larchmont join communities up and down the Hudson River Valley that are saying no to this dirty, polluting power plant,” says Food & Water Action organizer Santosh Nandabalan. “The Danskammer expansion is nothing but a dirty, polluting scam. It would undermine New York’s new climate law, and force local communities already suffering from high levels of air pollution to live with even more of these deadly impacts. Governor Cuomo has the authority to stop this plant, and the powerful grassroots movement we are building will make sure that he does.“
In addition to the wave of municipal resolutions opposing the Danskammer expansion, 150 lawmakers recently signed a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to reject the project.