DUNKIRK – Chautauqua County’s largest business group is continuing the attack against the Business Council of New York after it came out in opposition of a plan to modify the NRG power plant in Dunkirk.
Earlier this week the Business Council joined the Sierra Club in announcing it was against the Power Up NY project, which includes a nearly $500,000,000 plan to retrofit the NRG plant in Dunkirk, converting it from a coal burning power plant to a natural gas plant. In response, Senator Cathy Young and several of her colleagues lashed out against the Business Council, saying it was against the economic development and job creation by saying it was against the retrofitting plan.
Now, The president/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is expressing his disappointment with the group. In a statement released Thursday, Chamber President Todd Tranum said the Business Council of New York State is clearly out of touch with the economic challenges faced by Western New York. He added that the Business Council’s position on this project lacks factual basis and clearly was inadequately researched.
Tranum said that in February he and other business leaders met with the Business Council and the NRG project was part of the discussion, saying they specifically asked for the Business Council’s help in advocating for the project in Albany.