DUNKIRK - Fredonia businessman Ron Johnson, the endorsed candidate of the Democratic and Independence parties for county executive, recently stood with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce and state Sen. Catharine Young, R-C-I-Olean, to support repowering the Dunkirk NRG plant.
Johnson has been a vocal supporter for the repowering effort, including speaking at the recent Public Service Commission hearing in Fredonia and helping with petitions in favor of the repowering project.
"I was glad to see Sen. Schumer join us again in supporting the ongoing fight to repower the NRG plant. We must repower the plant in order to save the city of Dunkirk, its school district and all of the taxpayers of Chautauqua County," Johnson said. "As a Chautauqua County businessman and taxpayer, I fully and absolutely support the plan put forward by NRG to repower the Dunkirk electric generating station. The cost and benefit for repowering has been carefully calculated and weighed by NRG, our nation's largest independent power producer.
"As a candidate for county executive, I know how important this repowering effort is to Chautauqua County," Johnson continued. "This repowering project will help county residents by stabilizing the tax levy while we work together to increase our potential by recruiting new businesses to come to Chautauqua County."
Johnson is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia. He was the lead developer of Fredonia Place and has turned around five different assisted living facilities in New York and Florida. Johnson is a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and a retired Town of Pomfret Justice and Chautauqua County deputy sheriff.