Niagara Gazette

Local News

January 3, 2013

Public comments to be heard on proposed tax break for Covanta, waste-to-energy company

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette —

But not everyone feels the tax break will benefit the community. Amy Hope Witryol, a former state senate candidate and retired bank executive from Lewiston who has worked on environmental issues in the area for more than a decade, said the company would be expanding regardless of whether they were granted the tax break or not.

"This creates value for Covanta, not taxpayers." Witryol said.

Witryol said that the NCIDA is not only giving a tax break to a company that does not need one, but a company that puts toxins into the air.

"If we're giving a company financial incentives we want to be giving them incentives to make this a better and safer community," she said.

Mayor Paul Dyster said he sees the company's expansion as a "net gain," so long as a few key provisions to the PILOT agreement are enforced. 

Dyster wants to make sure the company is held to the clause in the PILOT requiring it to make efforts to hire locally for both the permanent and construction jobs.

"We treat that seriously and want to make sure that it's followed," he said.

Dyster said that, although the city is not giving out the tax break, the city is a stakeholder and wants to be certain the community gets more than it gives up in tax revenues.

"The principals, generally speaking, want to make sure that the added value for the community is worth the tax abatement," Dyster said.

Dyster said the move to shipping in the waste using rail will also benefit the community by reducing the number of trucks driving to the facility and the amount of time those trucks spend idling at international crossings making for traffic congestion.

"We want to encourage the use of rail," Dyster said.

mug of Witryol, Amy Amy Witryol Disagrees with PILOT

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results