The state needs to alter the perception that it is a tax heavy place that is an unfriendly environment for businesses, he added.
“When you’re talking about a tax-free environment and all assets of the great state of New York, what could be better than that winning combination?,” Cuomo said.
Mayor Paul Dyster, who attended the event, said the Start Up NY program creates an opportunity for Niagara Falls to attract businesses to the former Rainbow Centre Mall.
The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute — part of Niagara County Community College — has taken over the south end of the building. That means that the remaining 200,000 square feet of space would be eligible for the program.
“This was an unanticipated positive benefit of having the community college locate a satellite campus in downtown Niagara Falls,” Dyster said.
Dyster said that Niagara University, which which the city has built a strong relationship, would be eligible to compete for the opportunity to participate in the program.
The university also has satellite offices in the city for its ReNU Niagara program.
“We already have a huge number of partnerships with Niagara University so there’s some opportunities there,” Dyster said.