COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Steingart called to order the regular meeting of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency at approximately 10:01 A.M., which was held in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.
II. ROLL CALL
Members Present- Members Absent-
Ira Steingart Sandy Shaddock
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir. None
Elizabeth A. Hunt, Exec. Assistant
Allan C. Scott, ALSCO Management, Inc. /Consultant /IDA CEO
Walter F. Garigliano, Esq., Agency Legal Counsel
Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices
Ira Cohen, SC Treasurer
Cora Edwards, SC Legislator
Jennifer Mall, SC Planning Department Agriculture Planner
Greg Sandor, Executive Director, SC Cornell Cooperative
Laura Quigley, Director, Center for Workforce Development
Jill Weyer, SC Planning & Environmental Management
Dan Hust, Sullivan County Democrat
Leonard Sparks, Times Herald Record
Please be advised that not all attendees were present for the entire meeting.
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ms. Loughlin made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2013 regular meeting. Mr. White seconded the motion, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mr. Rieber made a motion to approve the revised schedule of payments, the motion was seconded by Ms. Loughlin, the Board voted and the motion was unanimously carried.
V. EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ REPORTS
Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that last week she received written confirmation that the contract for the excavation regarding the Red Meat Processing Facility was approved by the US Department of Commerce.
Chairman Steingart introduced Greg Sandor who is the new Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mr. Sandor briefly spoke to the Board.
Allan C. Scott
Mr. Scott reported to the Board on his activities for the month which included, among other things, meeting with the perspective purchaser of the old Sullivan West school building as well as numerous meetings with prospective projects, attendance at closings and continuing contact with towns throughout the county.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Garigliano passed out to the Board a resolution extending the sales tax abatement period for the Catskill Stills, LTD d/b/a Dancing Cat Distillery and Redford LLC project nunc pro tunc from January 1, 2013 through and including December 31, 2013. He advised that the extension of the sales tax exemption letter falls within the parameters of the project’s overall plans for improvement. On a motion from Mr. Sykes, seconded by Mr. Rieber, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.
There was a brief discussion regarding proposed legislation that would affect the NYS sales tax portion of the current abatement the IDA is able to give.
Mr. Garigliano passed out to the Board a resolution extending the sales tax abatement period for the PTNY Real Estate LLC and Plastic Technologies of New York, LLC d/b/a Shelburne Plastics (collectively “Shelburne Plastics”) project nunc pro tunc from October 31, 2012 through and including October 31, 2013. Mr. Garigliano advised that at the inception of the project it was anticipated that they would begin work right away but due to the loss of a contract, work has been delayed until now. On a motion by Ms. Loughlin seconded by Mr. Barbuti, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.
Mr. Garigliano passed out to the Board a resolution authorizing and approving the executive and delivery of the First Amendment to the PILOT “(Amendment”) regarding the Shelburne Plastics project. Currently the PILOT is based on improvements and an addition made to the property, which have not yet been done. The Amendment will have the project paying what they would have been paying had there been no IDA involvement. When the project completes the improvements and the addition then the real estate tax abatement on those improvements and additions will be reinstated. On a motion by Ms. Loughlin seconded by Mr. White, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously passed.
Mr. Garigliano passed out the to the Board a resolution authorizing, approving and consenting to the execution and delivery of a Project Termination Agreement as well as any other necessary documents necessary to re-convey real and personal property back to Swan Lake Resort Hotel, LLC and Swan Lake Golf and County Club, Inc. The local assessors have been advised of the project termination. Mr. Garigliano advised that the project’s 15 year PILOT program is over. On a motion by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted with Mr. Barbuti abstaining, and the resolution was passed.
Mr. Garigliano passed out to the Board a resolution authorizing the early termination of the Neversink Steel Corp. d/b/a Liberty Iron Works project. Mr. Garigliano advised that at the project’s request they have chosen to opt out of the project. He wished to point out that this project has always met or exceeded their employment goals. On a motion by Mr. Alport, seconded by Mr. Gold, the Board voted with Mr. Barbuti abstaining, and the resolution was passed.
Ms. Brylinski requested of Mr. Garigliano that the sales tax exemption letter not be issued until the 2013 PILOT and Annual Lease Payment have been received. Mr. Garigliano said that the letter will be issued to the supply houses where Shelburne Plastics has already made purchases but will not be released to them until their 2013 obligations to the IDA have been met.
Mr. Garigliano passed out to the Board applications from EPR Properties, EPT Concord II, LLC and Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. There was a discussion regarding the project regarding, among other things, the acreage of the project, the re-location of the raceway, the total project cost, the water park portion of the project, the number of jobs generated and the anticipated date the project will break ground.
Ms. Brylinski advised the Board that they were allowed to go into private session (as approved by the New York State’s Committee on Open Government) if they chose to discuss the Board Self Evaluation Forms.
Before the Board went into private session, Chairman Steingart asked if there was any questions or public comment.
Mr. Walter handed out to the Board a 11/9/98 article regarding “Corporate Welfare” which included other information on taxes. He also spoke about the importance of a quality workforce and the importance of education.
On a motion by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Gold,
at approximately 10:45 A.M. the Board went into private session to discuss the Board Self Evaluations.
On a motion by Mr. Barbuti, seconded by Mr. White, the Board came out of private session at approximately 11:37 A.M.
It was agreed that the present meeting would be recessed until February 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sullivan County Government Center.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT (RECESS)
Chairman Steingart questioned the Board and those present if there were any further questions or comments. There being none, on a motion by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Rieber, the Board voted and the meeting was recessed at approximately 11:39 A.M.