Cynthia Nixon joins CPV opponents at plant rally

Cynthia Nixon, the actress and activist waging a Democratic primary run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined protesters outside the Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Wawayanda on Saturday to denounce the recently completed plant and the fracked natural gas it will use, and to tout her support for moving toward all renewable energy in New York.

Nixon, a former star of the “Sex and the City” TV series, stood at a microphone in front of a banner that read “Built on Bribes,” and thanked a fired-up, sign-waving crowd of Protect Orange County members for gathering every Saturday to protest the $900 million power project. “This is a monstrosity,” Nixon said, recapping the group’s case against the plant. “This is an illegality. It should never have been built. It was pushed through with bribes.”

Nixon noted that Cuomo had banned natural-gas fracking in New York, but argued that new power plants and gas lines are “locking us in to decades of fossil fuel dependence.”

“Fracked gas is not a ‘bridge fuel,'” she said. “Fracked gas is a bridge to nowhere.”

Pramilla Malick, chairwoman of Protect Orange County, introduced Nixon as the group’s ally and told Nixon after she spoke that she was “standing at the Cuomo crime scene.”

“We won’t have justice until this thing is shut down, so we can’t wait to get you elected,” Malick said, before being drowned out by cheers and chants of “shut it down.” Nixon joined the crowd in that chant, and sang along afterward as it struck up a song – to the tune of “This Land is Your Land” – about the CPV plant and Joe Percoco, the former Cuomo aide convicted in March of soliciting bribes to help CPV.

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