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Electric group honors union president

The New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA) is an organization of business, labor and community groups working to help ensure that New York has an adequate and reliable supply of safe, low-cost and clean electricity. At its annual luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, AFL-CIO Westchester-Putnam County Central Labor Body President Thomas Carey was named recipient of the Chairman’s Award. Carey was out of New York on union business, so the award was accepted by his daughter Kansas.

In addition to being president of the Central Labor Body based in White Plains, Carey serves as a business agent of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 21. 

“As a third-generation employee of Indian Point, Tom has been an outspoken advocate of the plant and of the lower Hudson’s energy needs,” said New York AREA Chairman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer

Also honored at the luncheon was Al Samuels, president and CEO of the Rockland Business Association. 

New York state Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan was the keynote speaker. He told the group he was shocked when he heard about the plan to close Indian Point and said action is needed to replace the 2,000 megawatts of power that will be lost.

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