A pact between Alcoa and the New York Power Authority for low-cost electricity expires in March. Both sides say talks continue on a new deal.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says the state is well aware of the aluminum giant's importance to Massena and is keeping an eye on the negotiations.
"Things are going very well and the conversations are ongoing and they're important to us. This is an important, important facility, which is why we were out there to support them when they needed our help," she said.
Hochul was in Lowville Thursday to tour the Neenah Paper plant.
During her visit to the Bostwick Street facility, she said she learned more about the paper made there and the people who make it.
"These are good paying jobs and there aren't many large facilities like this in rural areas like here. We have a first rate labor pool here. They want to work and when people come here, they stay a long time," said Hochul.
She said the Lowville plant employs more than 100 workers.