In a stunning political turnaround, Governor Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer rallied with workers in Massena today to announce that Alcoa will keep its West Plant open for at least three and a half more years. This preserves 600 jobs and results from an "incentive package" from the state.
"Darkening clouds have given way to a ray of light," said Mr. Schumer.
"The Governor is putting money into this plant that will modernize this plant and keep it competitive," Mr Schumer said.
He said the plant will be open for generations to come and alluded to Thanksgiving in praising workers and management. It was good to see Ernie LaBaff there although they cut off the TV coverage as he got to speak.
For those who remember, Ernie was a legendary labor leader for many years in the Big County.