'The Gray Area' Updates on Lithium Battery Storage Fire, Plan to Demolish St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Buildings

Assemblyman Scott Gray (R-Watertown) released the latest episode of “The Gray Area” video series. In this week’s episode, Gray discusses the swift emergency response to the lithium battery storage fire that broke out last week at the Chaumont Solar project and the measures that can be taken going forward to avoid similar disasters. Additionally, Gray talks about the first steps in the state’s plan to partially demolish the Letchworth Building Complex at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

“I commend all the fire departments and emergency personnel in Jefferson County who responded to the site of the lithium battery storage fire last Thursday. Public safety was paramount at that time, and they did an outstanding job addressing the immediacy of the situation,” Gray said. “Following the incident, we are continuing to work with the company to make sure public health concerns are met and addressed. On Tuesday, I met virtually with the company to convey concerns from the public, and I will continue to ensure they remediate any issues that have been caused by this situation.”

“Big news from this week—a plan to demolish some of the buildings at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg has been approved. It’s long overdue that these buildings come down. The properties have been vacant for 35 years and are in alarmingly poor condition. Ten buildings are set to come down in the initial two phases of this plan, a great start in addition to acknowledgment from authorities that the remainder of the buildings are a concern as well. I will remain actively engaged in getting the rest of the buildings taken down and return the property to its productive value.”

“Look out for next week’s episode of The Gray Area as we continue to update you on what you care about. We always appreciate the opportunity to serve you and to work with you. Don’t hesitate to call my office staff with questions, comments or concerns—see you soon,” Gray concluded.

Watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/3eqVrtXZPV8