With the possibility the NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk may be mothballed in the future, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was in Dunkirk this afternoon to ask the company to uphold its part of the bargain in the payment in lieu of taxes deal.
In a press conference held on the city pier, Schumer said NRG must pay its PILOT payments for 2013 and 2014. "Our message today is clear - Dunkirk residents and taxpayers have been upstanding community partners to NRG for years, and it would be absolutely unacceptable for NRG to turn its back on the students, residents and local officials in the community it calls home," he said.
County Executive Greg Edwards emphasized that NRG has upheld its end of the deal in the PILOT with the county, city and its school district.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visits Dunkirk to discuss the NRG issue.
Schumer also expressed optimism on NRG's future in Dunkirk.
Complete story in the Tuesday OBSERVER.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stands in front of the NRG plant. At left is Dunkirk school Superintendent Gary Cerne and County Executive Greg Edwards.