ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A senator from Western New York has said a local defense contractor should give back millions in taxpayer dollars after reports of widespread layoffs.

News 4 obtained a letter from State Senator Patrick Gallivan to Governor Kathy Hochul about concerns over layoffs at Moog in Elma. Gallivan said the layoffs are happening in the company’s aircraft group and are coming at a questionable time.

The letter can be seen here:

Senator Gallivan’s letter to Governor Hochul (Courtesy: Pat Gallivan)

On March 18, the company announced a $25 million expansion, which it said would add 500 jobs to the local workforce. The announcement came with $15 million in state tax credits. Gallivan told Hochul Moog should have to give the money back if they’re not able to hit the 500 job mark within the next five years.

Multiple requests for comment from Moog have not been answered, however Empire State Development sent News 4 a statement Saturday evening, saying:

As previously announced, Moog will be accepting tax credits tied to future hiring goals and the company intends to fulfill their obligation. Moog is fully committed to expanding in New York State. The recently announced reduction in force included an actual loss of employment for 24 full-time employees in Western New York and does not affect the longer-term time-phased New York jobs grant. This action was taken because of a slower than expected recovery in its commercial aircraft and military aircraft businesses. As part of this modest adjustment to staffing, the company was able to reassign several employees to open positions within other operating groups in the company. Moog has over 150 open positions available in Western New York and a current local employment of over 3,500.”

Empire State Development