It has been more than one month since news broke that the NRG plant in Dunkirk filed a mothball notice with the New York state Public Service Commission.
Since that time, there has been a campaign to keep the facility in operation, a public meeting in Orchard Park on the future of the facility and plenty of questions. But there has also been plenty of support from area officials.
County Executive Greg Edwards and Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director William Daly reacted quickly so residents would have an outlet to voice their thoughts and concerns about one of the major economic engines of the north county. Even closer to Albany, both state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and state Sen. Catharine Young have been sending all state representatives a message of NRG being a good neighbor and important part of Chautauqua County.
As for area residents, they must not forget about the importance of keeping NRG - a $40 million piece of our economy - working.
Over the past month, we have urged readers to continue to send e-mails and place calls to state leaders urging their support to keep the NRG station in Dunkirk operating in the future. We will continue to do this. Those leaders include:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Call (518) 474-8390 or e-mail at www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
Hon. Sheldon Silver, Assembly Speaker. Call (518) 455-3791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Inaction by area residents cannot be an option.