Orange legislative committee urges state to pass CPV criminal conduct bill


GOSHEN – Following the guilty verdict by Joseph Percoco, the one-time aid to Governor Andrew Cuomo, for bribery related to the CPV power plant in Wawayanda, the Rules Committee of the Orange County Legislature wants state permits pulled.
The county lawmakers Thursday voted to urge the state to pass a measure to create a presumption of invalidity for any project in which criminal conduct by public officials occurred and for which permits were issued.
County Legislator James O’Donnell wants to take concerns about the impacts of the power plant one step further.
“The fact that the county executive’s letter to the DEC about the air quality testing and a couple of other environmental issues were ignored s irresponsible on the part of the DEC,” O’Donnell said. “I am going to put in an official FOIL request in for any testing that they have done.”
Opponents of the power plant have been calling on the governor to shut it down maintaining it is an environmental nightmare, is dangerous and lowers property values. 

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