October 13, 2017
Assemblyman Joe Errigo (R, Conesus) is describing a Syracuse project of Governor Cuomo’s as “the latest failed economic development project from Gov. Cuomo at the $15 million state-sponsored film studio hub in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt.” Errigo says that according to the NY Times, there is a company called COR Development, which 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.”
The assemblyman also says that 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.