MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.–New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) discussed local issues that affect Mt. Kisco during a stop in the Village Monday night as a part of his town hall tour. Topics discussed included unfunded mandates and Indian Point.
Ball said during the talk that “people really know issues that are going on,” and unfunded mandates are high on the list of priorities.
The senator hoped that the new two percent property tax cap would help bring light to problems with mandates.
“We are now having a conversation,” Ball said of issues surrounding unfunded mandates, but recognized that enough has not been done.
“We need to make sure we do no more harm,” Ball said.
Mayor Michael Cindrich said that he was on board with the need to resolve the unfunded mandate problem.
Ball also discussed Indian Point during the meeting saying that there was “not a 30 second answer.”
The closing the nuclear power plant in Buchanan, N.Y. has been the subject of much debate.
Ball argued that if the plant was shut down energy rates would “go through the roof,” more than a thousand people would lose their jobs, and there would be excess spent fuel.
Sunny Armer, a member of the Raging Grannies, responded to Ball during the meeting.
“The longer you run the plant, the more spent fuel is produced,” Armer said.
Ball recognized that he did have concerns about keeping the plant open and offered to tour the facility with members of the Mt. Kisco Board of Trustees. (ARTICLE)