Candidate Johnson helps gather signatures for repowering plan

Fredonia Businessman Ron Johnson, the Independence and Democratic endorsed candidate for County Executive, is advocating for every Chautauqua County resident to sign a petition supporting the re-powering project at the Dunkirk NRG plant. Residents had an opportunity to sign petitions at the Chautauqua County Fair. Johnson participated in the effort at the Fair to gain more support for repowering the NRG plant in Dunkirk.

“This year’s County Fair was more than an opportunity to simply meet County residents; I decided to participate in helping to gather more signatures for a local petition to repower the NRG plant,” Johnson said. In addition, Johnson will be promoting the petition drive and the online comment submissions to the Public Service Commission through mid-August. Johnson was featured as one of the public speakers at the PSC hearing held July 15 at the SUNY Fredonia campus.

“We have been collecting signatures because we need to show the PSC and Albany how important this is to Dunkirk and Chautauqua County,” Johnson said. “Our job now is to make our voices heard by gathering signatures, calling the PSC or submitting an online comment, and gaining more support for the re-powering project. This is the kind of action I will take as County Executive. I will be a hands-on advocate for our County and will work tirelessly to get our message heard loud and clear in Albany, Washington and right here in Chautauqua County.”

Johnson is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes in Fredonia. He was the lead developer of Fredonia Place and has turned around five different assisted living facilities in New York and Florida. Johnson is a Vietnam combat veteran, former Town of Pomfret Justice and was inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame for his service as Chautauqua County deputy sheriff.