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August 9, 2020


Police sweep the building during the active shooter drill. Photo Credit: Daily Voice file
Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan Photo Credit: Daily Voice file
Assemblyman David Buchwald Photo Credit: Contributed

Around The Towns: Active Shooter Defense, Indian Point Closure, Biaggi Speaks, Buchwald Lauded

Westchester County will offer additional training sessions for residents to learn the strategies and skills to survive if an active shooter attacked their workplace or another public venue.

Known as Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), training classes will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The training is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

“Active Shooter incidents continue to occur around the nation and we want to provide our residents with practical guidance on how they can stay safe. We have offered CRASE training to hundreds of County residents and employees previously and we will continue to do so,” County Executive George Latimer said.

CRASE training is built around the principles of Avoid, Deny and Defend. The Westchester County Police officers who conduct the training provide practical guidance and actions that the public can take during each of these stages, Public Safety Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said.

“CRASE was developed to increase the odds of surviving if you are present during an active shooter incident,” Gleason said.

Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. 

To register for the Oct. 9 training session, click here:

To register for the Nov. 12 training session, click here.

Indian Point Decommissioning Meeting

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey said the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to her request for a public meeting on decommissioning this fall in the community surrounding Indian Point Energy Center.

The NRC has notified Lowey’s staff that the meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Cortlandt Community Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“As Indian Point is decommissioned, it is essential that federal partners do everything possible to protect the safety of the surrounding community and help mitigate the economic impact of the plants’ closure,” Lowey said. “This meeting will ensure that local stakeholders – from elected officials to concerned residents and neighbors – can voice their concerns and make requests for necessary assistance directly to NRC.”

Lowey, Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi and Buchanan Village Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker all requested that NRC hold one of the meetings in Cortlandt based on the impact on their communities, which face the closure of the Indian Point facility in the coming years. Lowey wrote NRC Chair Kristine Svinicki in April 2019 with the formal request.

Puglisi said, “I am pleased that the NRC will be holding their public meeting in our community.”

Biaggi Featured Speaker at WESPAC Dinner

If you've been hoping to meet one of Westchester's new state Senators, Alessandra Biaggi will speak in White Plains on Oct. 28 during WESPAC's annual meeting of members. WESPAC's offices are located at 77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W (Route 119). Biaggi represents southern Westchester and the Bronx.

Food will be served at 6 p.m.. Sen. Biaggi is set to speak at 7 p.m. 

Biaggi is chairwoman of the revived Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. She will share her thoughts on "Promoting a Progressive Vision both Locally and Nationally," touching on the legislation passed this past year as well as her thoughts on the 2020 legislative session. 

RSVPs are requested by emailing

Buchwald Earns Top Environmental Grade

The New York League of Conservation Voters has given State Assemblyman David Buchwald its highest score possible as a defender of state’s environment. In the League’s annual Environmental Scorecard, Buchwald received a perfect score of 100. The Assemblyman has achieved a perfect score every year the New York State League of Conservation Voters has tracked legislative votes.

“It is an honor to be recognized with a perfect environmental score,” Buchwald said. “This year a number of pro-environment bills I’ve been supporting became law, including passage of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act which places New York State at the forefront of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.”

The New York League of Conservation Voters lobbies for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political and policy advocacy.

Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said that Buchwald helped make 2019 one of the "most pro-environment years in recent memory" by helping pass a nation-leading climate law, legislation to protect our waterways and other important bills.