...WHEREAS, the County of Oneida and the Town of New Hartford intend to amend the Oneida County Empire Zone boundaries to encourage industrial and commercial development and to allow for the creation of a Regionally Significant Project in the Town of New Hartford, Town of Whitestown and the Village of New York Mills, andLooked like a win-win...clearly, the New Hartford Town Board was behind the project back in May. But...
WHEREAS, Oriskany Manufacturing LLC, by expanding manufacturing operations at the former Bonide facility located at 2 Wurz Ave., Yorkville NY 13495, meets the criteria of Section 957(d) of the general municipal law as a Regionally Significant Project by creating 50 or more new manufacturing jobs for inclusion within the Oneida County Empire Zone in an area outside the separate and distinct contiguous areas, and
WHEREAS, the Town of New Hartford wishes to support and concur with an Empire Zone designation for tax parcel 317.010-5-1, and
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Town Board of the Town of New Hartford, in its capacity as governing body of the Town of New Hartford, does hereby support and concur with the Oneida County Empire Zone to include property as a Regionally Significant Project within the Oneida County Empire Zone within tax parcel 317.010-5-1, and located at 2 Wurz Avenue, Yorkville NY 13495.
Fast forward to October 23, 2007...several members of Concerned Citizens attended a public hearing in New York Mills regarding Mike Fitzgerald's request (owner of Oriskany Manufacturing) to rezone the aforementioned parcel from Planned Development to Manufacturing.
One of the residents who spoke against the project at the hearing was Ms. Christine Krupa, recently elected Town of New Hartford Ward 2 Councilwoman. Ms. Krupa mentioned NYRI as a negative to be considered because there is a railroad track that runs along the property. However, her main complaint was that she wanted to hold Oriskany Manufacturing accountable for "alleged" code violations of the previous owners of 2 Wurz Ave. Concerned Citizens got the feeling that her complaint was more of a "NIMBY" issue (not in my backyard)! Ms. Krupa owns property on the other side of the back property line of Bonide (Oriskany Manufacturing).
UPDATE: According to the January 15, 2008 Observer Dispatch:
Mayor Rob Maciol, who has publicly stated his support for the company’s plans, said the said the region needs new jobs.
"Krupa, whose property is bordering the plant site, collected about 10 signatures from those opposed to the move, Maciol said."
Also the paper said, "The Village Board could vote on the issue at its next meeting on Feb. 12, Maciol said."Recently, we received an anonymous tip regarding the property currently owned by Councilwoman Krupa. Odd it is that last October at the New York Mills public hearing regarding 2 Wurz Ave Ms. Krupa "had her knickers in such a knot" about the "alleged" code violations of the previous owners of the Bonide property...the fact that she wanted to hold the "new" owners accountable for "alleged" past code violations is also odd...particularly since it may very well be that Councilwoman Krupa presently has "alleged" code violations that she should take care of on her own property!
Take a look at Ms. Krupa's property at 502 Main St NYM. It violates many NYS building codes. Tarpaper and celotex insulation that has been exposed in mass for 10+ years is not to any code. It has abandoned vehicles, 5+ trailers, 2 abandoned oil tanks and it appears there is business conducted in a residential district. A picture says a 1000 words. It is a nuisance to neighbors and an eyesore. Where is Mr. Rowlands? Is there a double standard here?Mr. Rowlands is a codes officer for the Town of New Hartford. Ms. Krupa's property is in the Village of New York Mills; therefore, Mr. Neary, the Codes Officer in New York Mills, would be the one to contact regarding these "alleged" code violations.
If the information submitted by "Anonymous" is correct...not saying that it is...we would hope that Ms. Krupa would just do the right thing..."Sweep your own doorstep before trying to clean someone else's."
You know, it's too bad that Councilwoman Krupa doesn't own property on Royal Brook Lane in New York Mills. With her "NIMBY" attitude, perhaps the flooding problems every Spring in the backyards on that street would be addressed sooner rather than later. Now there's an area in Ward 2 that could use Councilwoman Krupa's attention...are you up to collecting signatures on a petition to force some action regarding the stormwater problems over there, Councilwoman Krupa?
What say you Councilwoman Krupa?