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The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic growth.

The port-of-entry into Canada has been plagued by long wait times since it was moved off Cornwall Island four years ago.

But Akwesasne Mohawks say the new bridge won't make traffic move faster. And they say the new bridge won't do anything to ease travel between Mohawk communities divided by the international border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant

Alcoa, Cuomo cite "good first steps" on cutbacks in Massena

Governor Cuomo's top aides say they had "a positive conversation" in New York City yesterday with officials from Alcoa. But they repeated warnings that the aluminum giant has to honor its contract with the state.

The emergency meeting came the day after the aluminum giant announced it will close the two remaining pot lines at its East plant in Massena by the spring. Alcoa is trying to streamline in the wake of poor earnings reports and a weak aluminum market. More than 300 jobs are at stake.

David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

Alcoa announced Wednesday it will close the last two pot lines at its Massena East plants by the spring. The news comes after the aluminum giant closed another pot line last summer. And as David Sommerstein reports, it leaves Alcoa's future plans unclear.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena's former GM site in limbo until cleanup completed

The federal trust in charge of redeveloping General Motors' property in Massena says its clean-up is on schedule. The land by the St. Lawrence River is a Superfund site because GM dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB oil there for decades. As David Sommerstein reports, it's not easy to sell real estate that's still contaminated.  Go to full article
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012.  Photo: David Sommerstein.
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Seaway tonnage down 11%

The St. Lawrence Seaway is still trying to dig itself out of a recession slump. After posting a 4% tonnage increase last year, shipping between Great Lakes and foreign ports is down 11% so far this year.

Seaway officials were hoping to build on last year's gains. But a weak global steel market is dragging down demand for iron ore from the Midwest. And Canadian grain is increasingly going by train to the West Coast on its way to Asia.  Go to full article
The Long Sault Dam is part of the hydropower generating complex on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority
The Long Sault Dam is part of the hydropower generating complex on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

St. Lawrence river towns seek more NYPA compensation

St. Lawrence County and four towns want more compensation for the negative effects of producing hydropower on the St. Lawrence River near Massena.

The communities say a lot has changed since their last talks ten years ago with the New York Power Authority, which owns the power dam.  Go to full article

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Sen. Charles Schumer watches as Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld addresses his employees in Massena in 2011.
Sen. Charles Schumer watches as Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld addresses his employees in Massena in 2011.

Should we care about Alcoa's Dow Jones demotion?

This week the Dow Jones industrial average announced it will drop Alcoa and two other companies from its roster, replacing them with Nike, Visa, and Goldman Sachs. It's the biggest change to the 30-firm roster in nine years.

The New York Times called Alcoa's exclusion "a symbolic comedown." And it sure seems like it - clunky old aluminum out, Michael Jordan and "the swoosh" in.

One North Country financial planner told us it was "a sad day for the North Country". Alcoa practically built Massena, and remains northern New York's largest private sector employer. About 1000 people work there now.

But does the slight from the vaunted Dow Jones really matter?  Go to full article
U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, at Seaway Administration in Massena Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
U.S. Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, at Seaway Administration in Massena Tuesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

New Seaway chief seeks economic, green balance

Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway generates billions of dollars for the Great Lakes economy in the U.S. and Canada. But it also opened the door to damage from invasive species and forever changed the shape and ecology of the St. Lawrence River itself.

The new U.S. chief of the St. Lawrence Seaway is making her first visit to Massena this week. Betty Sutton is touring the Seaway's two locks on the St. Lawrence River, the vessel traffic control room, and meeting with many of the Seaway's 135 employees in Massena.

Betty Sutton's very first appointment in Massena was a sit-down with David Sommerstein.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story (and the audio version) refer to the Seaway Administration position as a seven year term.

That is no longer the case, as Nancy Alcalde, SLSDC spokeswoman, points out. In 2002, The Appointment and Efficiency Streamlining Act of 2011, P.L. 112-166, made this position an appointment "at the pleasure of the President". It is also no longer subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Massena takes Alcoa cutback in stride

There wasn't much surprise yesterday over news that Alcoa will shut down one of its aging pot lines at its Massena East plant for good. The line employs about 100 people.

Alcoa says it does not anticipate layoffs, and local officials are optimistic the aluminum giant will make good on that expectation.  Go to full article

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