With the possible fate of the city he leads on his shoulders, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce was more than up to the challenge.
Dolce, with the support and assistance of incumbent Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and state Sen. Catharine Young, made a trip in the summer to Albany to discuss the significance of the NRG plant to Dunkirk and its schools to representatives in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. The mayor also talked about the importance of the $700 million proposal by NRG to convert its facility from coal to natural gas.
"Mayor Dolce did an excellent job in presenting the seriousness of the issues facing the city of Dunkirk and the Dunkirk school system if this project does not move forward," Goodell said in a news release over the weekend.
With Republicans Young and Goodell representing our area in the Assembly and Senate, Dolce's role was key. He was a Democratic mayor talking with other Democrats who have the ear of Cuomo.
Dunkirk's NRG facility is still in the mix for a potential upgrade, which needs state approval. If it does come to fruition, it will be due in part to community support and a major assist by Dolce, who by all accounts, presented the city's case with facts, passion and leadership.