"I’m disappointed to hear of Alcoa’s decision to close its remaining two potlines at the East Plant earlier than originally planned. My hope is that the company takes advantage of state and federal programs to help its affected workers transition to new jobs within or outside the organization. My office stands ready to assist anyone who is left without adequate employment as a result of this decision.
"Alcoa leaders have assured me that this decision will not affect the company’s modernization plans or its Grasse River remediation project. I will make sure the company fulfill its obligations to the New York Power Authority and the state. It is my hope that the company will consider its displaced workers first when the economy rebounds and the financial picture improves." - Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome