East Fishkill, NY - After a report by Empire State Development revealed Governor Cuomo's signature economic development program, Start-Up NY, has created just 76 jobs, Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is asking Cuomo what happened to the expensive program's promised jobs. Lalor also reiterated his call to shut down Start-Up NY and provide across-the-board tax relief.
"Governor Cuomo has spent $28 million advertising Start-Up NY and all we have are 76 jobs?" Lalor asked. "That's over 368,000 tax dollars spent in advertising per job. There's no way to justify that kind of waste. We already knew Start-Up NY would cost taxpayers, but now we aren't even seeing any jobs. It was an expensive gimmick from the beginning. New York's economy doesn't need gimmicks. We need across-the-board tax relief for all New Yorkers. We need the kind of tax relief that doesn't require the taxpayer to hire a lobbyist or submit an application."
Lalor continued, "Even worse, we're learning that the Start-Up NY jobs aren't coming to vast swaths of New York. In the area between Albany and Brooklyn, just two companies have been approved for Start-Up NY, pledging to create only 44 jobs in five years. That means in Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Delaware, Rockland, Westchester, Bronx, New York, Richmond and Queens counties, home to eight million New Yorkers, best case scenario so far, 44 jobs will be created. For all of those tax dollars Cuomo spent on advertising, Start-Up NY is only promising 44 new jobs for 40% of the state. Even after Start-Up NY's pathetic jobs report was revealed, Governor Cuomo is still adding to its advertising budget. That's just wasting more money."
"Start-Up NY was never about lifting New York's economy; it was all gimmicky self-promotion for Cuomo. The ads are a cynical attempt to persuade New Yorkers that the state's business climate isn't among the worst in the nation." Lalor added. "Cuomo scored some publicity points, and a handful of people with the right connections in Albany get to benefit at the taxpayers' expense. We can't keep throwing money at programs that don't work. The results are in and Start-Up NY isn't working. It doesn't even offer much hope for a turnaround with the limited number of approved companies and low job promises. The legislature needs to take a second look at Start-Up NY and stop throwing good tax dollars after bad."
Assemblyman Lalor's bill to repeal Start-Up NY, which was originally introduced in 2013, can be found here. He is asking his colleagues to co-sponsor the measure and make repeal of Start-Up NY a priority in the post-budget portion of the session.