Good morning. Take a glance at today’s opinion content:
Greg Varian endorsement: Editorial
In today’s editorial, we endorse Democrat Greg Varian of New Rochelle in the race to fill the seat of Westchester County Legislator Vito Pinto in the 10th district. We write:
“In the race to fill a vacancy on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, there are echos of the debate between Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the Democratic board majority over the biggest issue of the day: How to reduce the cost of government. Republican Sheila Marcotte and Democrat Greg Varian, the candidates running in the special election for the 10th Legislative District seat, have both campaigned on the theme of streamlining government.
“We endorse Varian, a lawyer from New Rochelle, because of his smarter approach to finding savings — one that properly recognizes that the county can be a catalyst for reducing overall government costs, including by assuming some chores performed by various local governments. This isn’t new thinking, but it is the smartest: Two years ago, the highly regarded New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness recommended that county governments play this leading role, while smaller governments be consolidated or eliminated.
” ‘The fact is there’s too much government redundancy,’ said Varian, who said his efforts to address the flooding that swamped his New Rochelle neighborhood in 2007 made him appreciate the importance of county government. ‘We’ve got to figure out where a regional entity can make things more efficient and save us tax dollars, whether it’s at the local level, the school level or the county level. …’ “
To view our Wednesday Editorial Spotlight interview with Varian and Marcotte, visit lohud.com/editorialspotlight.
Entergy’s wedgewire proposal: Cartoon
In today’s cartoon, Matt Davies comments on Entergy, operator of Indian Point, and its public relations campaign to promote wedgewire technology. In an accompanying explanation on his blog, Davies writes:
“Our local nuke plant operator is spending a LOT of money on a publicity campaign to fight the possibility that it might have to build cooling towers at Indian Point in order to protect the vast quantities of water creatures it currently sucks up (and kills, of course) in the current reactor cooling process. Their alternative idea is to build something that looks like the doohicky I drew, which frankly I can’t believe hasn’t been in place the whole time anyway. The big problem with the doohicky is it doesn’t address the super-heated water that is cycled back into the Hudson, killing further vast quantities of marine life, and not solving the issue that the Department of Environmental Conservation is pressing them to fix.
“Interestingly Entergy — the parent company — is bending over backwards to make an ecological argument, saying the cooling towers will be a blight on the pristine Hudson riverfront. I personally think that the mid fifties-era huge grey cement domes, coupled with red and white towers and sundry large industrial outbuildings already qualify as nasty, depressing eyesores on that particular bend in the otherwise majestic Hudson River.
“Seeing two more ugly industrial monstrosities on the site would be acceptable if we knew they would alleviate the blight below the surface of the Hudson. So Entergy, if you simply must stay in the electrical generating business in the Lower Hudson Valley, please install the wedgewire ASAP so it can temporarily and partially solve the environmental problem – while you are simultaneously building the cooling towers. We can’t afford not to.”
Piermont noise ordinance: Community View
Anne Putko, a Piermont resident, writes a Community View piece today in which she advocates for the adoption of a noise ordinance in the village.