Another chapter emerged in the ongoing Danskammer power plant controversy at the most recent Town of Newburgh board meeting.
The board approved to extend the community benefit agreement between Danskammer and the Town of Newburgh, which states that the two entities are in tandem in improving the welfare of the community.
The original agreement, which was made as a response to Hurricane Sandy, will be extended for another four years if approved by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency.
“Danskammer recognized that the project, including the operations and how it impacts the town, and agreed to pay $200,000 a year,” explained Mark Taylor, attorney for the Town of Newburgh. “There is a presumption of approval before you tonight, but the agreement will have to be presented to [the IDA].”
The town board approved to move the proposed extension to the IDA, which will determine if the agreement is environmentally beneficial.