Is a deal near to keep the Alcoa plant in Massena operating, and with it, more than 400 jobs?

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer issued a letter calling on the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) and Alcoa to “to expeditiously reach an agreement” for low cost electricity that would, presumably, guarantee Alcoa keeping its Massena operation for a few more years.

The current agreement between Alcoa and the state, reached in November 2015, runs out at the end of the month.

Schumer’s very public call for negotiations to wrap up suggests that the state and Alcoa are already well along in talks. In recent days, local officials have been told the deal is close, with an important caveat – there was one outstanding

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