Errigo Proposes Alternatives For Failed Cuomo Movie Hub Project

October 13, 2017

Assemblyman Joseph A. Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) weighed in on the latest failed economic development project from Gov. Cuomo at the $15 million state-sponsored film studio hub in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, N.Y. According to the New York Times, the company which owns the land, COR Development, is seeking to evict the state-run film hub’s nonprofit operator, Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, and obtain more than $800,000 in back rent and fees, as well as $143,000 in unpaid property taxes. Fort Schuyler Management Corporation was created by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

“Since the taxpayers are out a few million dollars on the failed movie hub idea, I think a truly productive way to raise some cash could be a documentary on the corruption scandals and failed economic development projects that’ve come out of the Cuomo administration,” said Errigo. “There’s plenty of material to work with and I’m sure the governor and his administration would be as ‘cooperative’ with that as they have been with federal investigators. From the Moreland Commission to Joe Percoco to this issue, it’s getting difficult to keep track of all of the corruption and shady behavior, but I think a documentary and a totally vacant studio would be a good place to start.”

COR Development, a real estate development company, is the same firm whose executives are under federal criminal indictment for rigged bids and solicited bribes to officials within the Cuomo administration in exchange for state government projects.