Schimminger Statement on Geico Announcement

December 23, 2003

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger issued the following statement in reaction to today’s announcement that Geico Direct will locate its new regional insurance sales and servicing center and as many as 3,000 jobs in the Town of Amherst. The project involves utilizing approximately five acres of the Town of Tonawanda’s 1,280-acre, state-designated Empire Zone to provide zone benefits to Geico. Schimminger chairs the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry and is the Assembly’s representative on the state’s Empire Zones Designation Board, which establishes new Empire Zones.

"This announcement is great news for all of Western New York, and particularly our Town of Tonawanda. As a result of the innovative arrangement with the Tonawanda Empire Zone, residents of Tonawanda’s zone will have a good shot at job and training opportunities at Geico’s new operations center. And, the infrastructure funding to develop the planned North Youngmann Commerce Center in the town – a project to which I’ve already committed $125,000 in legislative funding – can bring 1,200 jobs and $40 million in construction to Tonawanda and generate $1.5 million per year in town, school and county property taxes. This is the kind of inter-municipal cooperation needed to help turn around our local economy that I envisioned when I persuaded Town of Tonawanda officials to incorporate acreage in the City of Tonawanda within the Tonawanda Empire Zone," said Schimminger.