More Medley pressure
Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 03:10 PM EST
Irondequoit, N.Y. -- The Medley Centre’s owner has been paid for nothing, or at least that is how Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) sees it.
“The state of New York should make sure he’s living up to the agreement under our separate Empire Zone agreement and that’s what I ask them to look at now,” said Morelle in a Thursday press conference.
In a letter to Empire State Development, Morelle said the mall’s owner, Bersin Properties LLC, has received millions of dollars in tax credits for a program that is now defunct. He adds that ESD should investigate the eligibility of Bersin Properties to continue receiving these credits.
Morelle describes the mall’s exterior being in disrepair, details reports that pipes inside of it have burst and that the town recently took emergency actions to mitigate structural failures at a pump station located on the property.
In a response, Scott Congel, President and CEO of Bersin properties, released the following statement:
Empire Zone status is constantly audited as Assemblyman Morelle should know. We find it unfortunate that he has chosen to try to politicize this situation while we are working with government officials to advance this project. As we indicated to Assemblyman Morelle , we are available to meet with him at any time. He has chosen not to schedule the meeting.
The letter comes three days after Bersin Properties’ owner, Scott Congel did not pay $3.9 million that was due as part of a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the town, county and school district. Town Supervisor Adam Bello (D), Monroe County and the East Irondequouit School District sent a letter to Congel that gives him until May 1st to make a payment or risk losing tax breaks for a separate agreement.
“Obviously the developer needs to make his payments, that is a basic requirement of the pilot that the pilot milestones are made and I know those three entities are working with him on that compliance issue,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks (R).
A spokesperson for Empire State Development told 13WHAM News that it is looking into the concerns raised in Morelle’s letter.