Congressional candidate Martha Robertson discusses repowering

Although she wasn’t present in Dunkirk Tuesday when Sen. Charles Schumer visited the city pier to voice his support for repowering the NRG plant in Dunkirk, Democratic congressional candidate Martha Robertson weighed in on Schumer’s visit.

“Today, Sen. Schumer spoke out in favor of repowering Dunkirk NRG with gas. Sen. Schumer and I share the common goal of protecting jobs in Chautauqua County. Whether Dunkirk repowers with gas or with biomass, as I’ve asked the PSC to study, I absolutely support all efforts to keep Dunkirk’s plant open and economically viable,” she stated in a release. “The present for Dunkirk very well may be gas but I believe the future for New York state and America is investment in renewable energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, and solar. I believe the PSC must consider the repowering of each plant separately and individually.”

Robertson had harsh words for the congressional district’s Republican incumbent.

“My opponent, Congressman Tom Reed, only supports repowering plants to gas. He won’t even consider studying alternatives. I believe that is because he’s accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from big oil and gas special interests,” she charged. “As a candidate for Congress, I pledge to never accept a single dime in campaign cash from the gas and oil industry. I will be an honest voice on this issue – always putting families, workers, and our communities first – and always looking for out-of-the-box solutions to get things done.”

Robertson is chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and is seeking re-election this November to the legislature.