Cuomo questions Alcoa shutdown plans amid state support

FILE - This April 7, 2014, file photo, shows the Alcoa logo in the lobby of Alcoa's headquarters in Pittsburgh. Alcoa announced, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, it will split into two independent companies by separating its aluminum and automotive metals businesses. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells the Alcoa chief executive that the aluminum company’s plans to permanently shut one factory in northern New York and curtail the other one are “shocking” following generous state subsidies.

In a public letter to CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Cuomo says New York has given “tens of millions of dollars in benefits annually” for several years to Alcoa to ensure hundreds of people could keep their jobs at the Massena plants.

He says it’s time for the company to do the right thing and commit to keeping operations there.

A company spokeswoman told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that 487 jobs will be lost at Massena next year, though some work will continue and employ about 220 people.

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