BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's a decision that Tea Party activists say will send shockwaves through New York State and possibly slam the brakes on BassPro's plans for Buffalo.
A news conference wrapped up at County Hall regarding a StateSupreme Court ruling that will have a major impact on Bass Pro'splans in the queen city.
We've been hearing about Bass Pro for the past decade, which hasplans to open a store on the site of the old Memorial Auditorium byMemorial Day in 2012. What people were saying earlier is that aruling by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Courtregarding how money is given through entities like the Empire StateDevelopment Corporation to private companies, like Bass Pro, thatkind of lawsuit can move forward.
News 4 spoke to James Ostroski. He is the attorney for theplaintiffs and said, "We hope it kills Bass Pro because if you haveto pay a corporation to come here, they're not going to make anymoney anyway, and we're going to have to keep subsidizing themessentially forever. It's a corrupt deal. It makes no economicsense. And if we win this case, Bass Pro isn't going to get anickel."
The plaintiffs say giving money to companies like Bass Prothrough entities like the Empire State Development Corporationviolates the state constitution. That will have to be played out incourt. News 4 spoke with the Erie County Harbor DevelopmentCorporation spokesman Thursday afternoon. He says the finding bythe Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court is not going tohave an impact on the Bass Pro project here in Buffalo. A lease isstill expected to be signed by Bass Pro later this summer.
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