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Thanks And Congratulations For NRG Support

December 21, 2013
By TODD J. TRANUM - President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce , The Post-Journal

Governor Cuomo's announcement that the Dunkirk NRG plant will be repowered to generate electricity with natural gas was truly an early Christmas gift for Chautauqua County. The project will maintain the county's tax base, retain jobs at the plant, and will allow for the generation of much-needed electric power right here in Chautauqua County for years to come. We can't express our gratitude enough to the many, many people and organizations that made their voices heard and stood up for something truly meaningful in our county. The list includes our state lawmakers, Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. Their leadership and support every step of the way proved to be invaluable in the process. Former County Executive Greg Edwards, incoming County Executive Vince Horrigan, Bill Daly and the staff at the Industrial Development Agency, Sam Hoyt and his team at Empire State Development and the Chautauqua County Legislature all played substantive roles. The Southwestern New York Building Trades, Buffalo Building Trades, Dunkirk Labor Council and the Jamestown Labor Council provided critical structure and energy around this advocacy issues. Support from US Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed provided important visibility and clout. In addition, we congratulate Dunkirk Mayor Anthony Dolce, the Dunkirk Common Council, and all of the personnel from the Dunkirk School District for making their voices heard loud and clear. And our local media help carry our voices through print and the airwaves. It is impossible to thank each individual who stood up to support this project. Countless senior citizens, students, employees and business people signed petitions, turned out for rallies, and sent messages, letters, and emails to Governor Cuomo and the state Public Service Commission. Each of them made a significant difference. This truly is a show of democracy at work.



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