Taxpayers Sue Bass Pro, ECHDC, Power Authority, Etc.
by Buck Quigley - posted 5:02 pm, July 26, 2010
Today, a lawsuit filed by attorney Arthur J. Giacalone on behalf of Mark Goldman, Scot D. Fisher, Bruce L. Fisher, Susan M. Davis, Stephen C. Halpern, and Elizabeth P Stanton seeks to stop State money from subsidizing the proposed Bass Pro-centered development at the Erie Canal Harbor.
The lawsuit claims the $35 million subsidy offered to the big-box fishing retailer violates the NYS Constitution by giving a gift or loan of state funds to a private enterprise. It also argues that the State Power Authority’s $105 million “industrial incentive award” to a project anchored by Bass Pro is in violation of the Authority’s own guidelines.
One petitioner, former Deputy Erie County Executive, current Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College, and Artvoice columnist Bruce Fisher asks: “There’s hundreds of millions of dollars worth of clean-water construction work to be done—which could transform Buffalo from one of the dirtiest to one of the greenest cities in North America—so why are these authorities building parking garages, stores and office buildings while the water here still runs brown?”
Click here to read the lawsuit.