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June 22, 2013

County eyes tax break changes


Niagara Gazette —

The legislature’s second resolution calls on the NCIDA and New York state to strip tax breaks, low-cost power and other subsidies from recipients caught employing illegal aliens.

It’s in response to the news that U.S. Homeland Security recently arrested seven illegal aliens who were working construction at the Norampac/Greenpac paperboard manufacturing facility in Niagara Falls.

On a project valued at $430 million, the company is receiving local property, sales and mortgage tax breaks, low-cost hydropower, state grants and tax credits worth an estimated $202 million, the resolution noted.

In other legislative business this week, lawmakers agreed to pledge Niagara County’s support for a grant request by the Isaiah 61 Project. The non-profit entity is seeking $219,000 from the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, Economic Development Fund.

The project, coordinated by Jim Haid, the former director of the St. John the Baptist Outreach Center in Lockport, puts unemployed and underemployed residents to work renovating vacant houses in Niagara Falls. Partners include the city of Niagara Falls, Mikelly Construction, Orleans/Niagara BOCES, the John R. Oishei Foundation and First Niagara Bank. The project is seeking funding for the capital and job training components of its program.

The Economic Development Fund is a pot of money fed by the market sale of unused, low-cost expansion and replacement hydropower. Grants are for businesses and non-profit entities located within 30 miles of the Niagara Power Project only.




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