State leaders make it happen


We all have known for a long time how good our representation has been from Albany, but this time our representatives have gone above and beyond. I am talking about Sen. Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.

I have known Cathy for years and all the good work she has done in this area for our veterans. She also has put in a great deal of time and effort for the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County. Between her and Goodell, what a combination to bring back our power plant.

I also have to comment on our Mayor Anthony J. Dolce for his active participation, especially when we had the hearing at the college. He gave a fantastic speech.

I, of course, had to wait until last to get my two cents in.

I was glad to see active speakers from the system, unions and everyone who represents an organization in this county. But no one who represented the Dunkirk Common Council spoke.

Their excuse was that they sent letters. Wow! We all know those letters sure will be read.

That was a big disappointment to not see the city leaders being represented. Only the mayor and a Dunkirk police officer said a few words on that July evening.

But we cannot forget our governor who came through for us. We thank him for that.

I am, however, curious about the number of workers who will be impacted by the project. It seems fewer than what was first proposed.

Happy holidays to everyone.

Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident.