Ron Johnson stands with Schumer at press conference

Fredonia businessman Ron Johnson, the endorsed Democratic and Independence candidate for County Executive, recently stood with United States Senator Charles Schumer, Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce and New York State Senator Catharine Young to support repowering the Dunkirk NRG plant.

Johnson has been a vocal supporter for the repowering effort, including speaking at the recent PSC hearing in Fredonia and assisting with petitions in favor of the repowering project.

“I was glad to see Senator Schumer join us again in supporting the ongoing fight to repower the NRG plant. We must repower the plant in order to save the city of Dunkirk, its school district and all of the taxpayers of Chautauqua County,” Johnson said. “As a Chautauqua County businessman and taxpayer, I fully and absolutely support the plan put forward by NRG to repower the Dunkirk electric generating station. The cost and benefit for repowering has been carefully calculated and weighed by NRG, our nation’s largest independent power producer.”

“As a candidate for County Executive, I know how important this repowering effort is to Chautauqua County. This repowering project will help county residents by stabilizing the tax levy while we work together to increase our potential by recruiting new businesses to come to Chautauqua County,” Johnson added.

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 combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and a retired town of Pomfret Justice and Chautauqua County deputy sheriff.