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Aug 4, 2010 10:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Airport Empire Zone grounded before takeoff

Aug 4, 2010 10:51 AM

“We should have been enhancing our programs, not cutting back on them,” he said.

Both Mr. LaValle and Mr. Thiele acknowledged that there were some valid criticisms of the Empire Zone program—namely, that it was difficult for the state to verify the job creation figures reported by businesses. But Mr. LaValle said that Albany should have tweaked the program without throwing “the baby out with the bath water.”

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Did Bob Stevens Appliances have to move out because of this, and subsequently was forced into bankruptcy?

If so, add another cost into this process. Sorry to see them go.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 11, 10 12:45 PM
Bob Stevens was a great loss to all of us on the East End but I think the die was already cast and they were well on their way to bankruptcy court before the infrastructure construction started and certainly the loss of the Empire Zone benefits did not directly affect their business. It appears that they would have been required to relocate anyway and the stores location at the airport was hardly an ideal retail site.
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Aug 11, 10 6:33 PM
PS a technology park was a stupid idea to begin with, or hasn't anyone the guts to say THAT aloud
By Hambone (514), New York on Aug 19, 10 11:41 PM