BJ's and the county Industrial Development Authority

Here's the Tompkins County Republican Party press release:

IDA Vote Risks Seventy Jobs

On December 13 the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted 4-3 against supporting the BJ/Arrowhead BJ Wholesale Club project planned for the Shops at Ithaca.

James Drader, Tompkins County Republican Party Chair said, “We are deeply disappointed with this vote.  The IDA’s action imperils up to seventy jobs.  Often only corporate, multi-national companies, and big box stores are able to bring in so many jobs at one time.  We must stop treating those who create jobs as though they were doing us a favor by coming here.  This is a missed opportunity for our economy and our local residents.  We hope the IDA will take another vote and those voting no will reverse themselves.”

 County Legislative Chair and IDA member, Democrat Martha Robertson, said on WHCU on December 8 that that she wanted to encourage jobs but it was a “slippery slope” to assist “multinational corporations.”  Robertson also asserted that it was IDA policy not to give tax breaks to “commercial” development.  Drader responds, “IDA has supported commercial development, two sites that come to mind are the Hilton Garden Inn site and Cayuga Green.  Apparently Robertson is gambling that she can force these jobs into the City of Ithaca, a gamble she is likely to lose and which she has no right to take.”

 Tom Reynolds, 2010 GOP candidate for the Assembly said, “Jobs and the economy are the number one priority of Americans.  For the IDA to fail to assist development and job growth in our community is out of touch with the needs of the people of Tompkins.  We should support those who would bring jobs here, not make it difficult for them.  Upstate New York needs job growth, to welcome potential incoming businesses, and to work with them.  County and local governments could have received large sums in taxes had this development gone through.  That could help relieve high local property taxes.  When Tompkins legislators who sit on the IDA voted against this project they also voted to cost county government needed revenues.  Failing to help themselves, soon we will hear them saying they must raise our property taxes.”

 Drader adds, “Until the now governing party in Tompkins changes its attitudes towards jobs and business, we will continue to have a gap between affluent residents and hard working low income people in Tompkins.  The Republican alternative for Tompkins would be pro-jobs, pro-growth, and actively welcoming to those who bring work here.”

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