OBSERVER Staff Report
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Dunkirk on Sunday for a major economic announcement, according to a number of county and city organizations.
In an e-mail sent to members of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, it was announced that the governor will be at the Clarion at 10:45 a.m. to discuss developments with the NRG plant.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Dunkirk this morning. Visit www.observertoday.com later today to find out what he has to say regarding the future of the NRG plant in Dunkirk.
Local officials reached declined to comment, saying they wanted to let the governor make his own announcement.
His visit comes only one week since a rally near the Boardwalk in which residents made it clear they wanted the plant to be re-powered with natural gas. Currently, the plant is a coal-powered energy producer.
Also this week, the chamber had canceled a bus trip to Albany to express support for the NRG project to the Public Service Commission. Chamber officials stated progress was "being made" and they didn't feel it would be prudent to go to Albany and lobby for NRG in person.
In addition to the chamber, groups connected to Dunkirk schools and the city have been notified of the visit.
Todd Tranum, the president and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & executive director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, writes the weekly "Chamber Corner" which runs in the OBSERVER every Sunday. In today's column he writes, "Friday night (David Wilkinson of the Chautauqua County Labor Coalition and I) received an affirmative message regarding the repowering of the NRG Dunkirk facility. Today with confidence we can say the voice of Chautauqua County was heard."
In the column, Tranum states that he will leave it to the governor and other officials today to state what decision has been made regarding the future of NRG in Dunkirk.
Along with Gov. Cuomo, Tranum thanks state Sen. Catharine Young, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, as well as the entire community that has helped rally for support.
"At the end of the day it was the voice of the workers, employers and residents of Chautauqua County that resonated from here and across the state on this project and truly made a difference," he wrote.
The entire column is on page A4.