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State officials meet with Alcoa, reiterate position on contract

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NEW YORK - Officials from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said Thursday that a meeting held with Alcoa officials in New York City was only the first step in ensuring that the company keeps a minimum of 900 jobs in Massena.

Nine hundred is the magic number, as determined by a contracted singed between Alcoa and the state in exchange for 478 megawatts of low-cost hydroelectric power from the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Hydroelectric Plant.

In a statement released Thursday evening the governor’s communications director Melissa DeRosa said, “Top officials from the Cuomo administration and the New York Power Authority met with Alcoa representatives today (Thursday) and reiterated our position that the company is expected to honor the terms of its long-term power supply contract with NYPA,” she said. “Involuntary layoffs at the Massena operation would be considered a breach.”

Ms. DeRosa said Alcoa officials heard the message and are working on a way to preserve jobs and possibly lower employment numbers through voluntary staff reductions.

“Alcoa expressed a willingness to work with us and conversations between the state, the company, and the union will continue,” she said.

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