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Statement From Communications Director Melissa Derosa

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Albany, NY (January 15, 2014)

“Today, representatives from the Governor’s Office and the New York Power Authority met with senior officials from Alcoa and impressed upon them that we intend to enforce the terms of the long-term power supply contract for Alcoa’s receipt of low-cost hydropower from NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Hydroelectric Plant, which requires the company to maintain employment at the plants. To be clear, we will hold Alcoa accountable to maintain the operation of the Massena West smelter and ensure the planned modernization of the Massena East facility proceeds without delay as required by the contract. This will be stressed again in an emergency meeting with company officials that we will be holding tomorrow in New York City. Our goal is to protect jobs while avoiding involuntary lay-offs in the North Country—and nothing less.”