Verizon Withdraws Plans For Niagara County Datacenter

17 Mar

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Plans for a $4,500,000,000 Verizon data center in Somerset, NY were withdrawn today and the project canceled.  Verizon notified Niagara County Industrial Development Agency officials that the company intended to build the data center in another state.

The company planned to spend $500MM to build 900,000 square feet of data center space on land currently owned by AES Power.   The data centers would have been filled with up to $3.4 billion worth of equipment over the 20-year life of the facility. Combined with land, utilities and other costs, the project represented a total investment of about $4.5 billion.  The project, originally proposed to begin in November of 2010, but held up in legal proceedings, was to be rolled out in phases.

  • Phase 1 equipment, 2011-13, $640 million.
  • Phase 2 equipment, 2014-15, $800 million.
  • Phase 3 equipment, 2016-21, $2 billion.
  • Equipment maintenance and miscellaneous, $500 million.

Verizon planned to build three two-story data centers on the 17-acre property, each with about 300,000 square feet of space. The company also planned a 20,000-square-foot administration building, two substations for backup power and a glass-walled pavilion which would have been used as a conference center.  In exchange for absorbing the land acquisition and construction costs, Verizon was seeking tax incentives in the form of a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) arrangement, estimated at $330 million over the life of the agreement. Verizon was also seeking grants from the Empire State Development Corporation and the New York Power Authority. Verizon claimed a minimum of 200 people would have been employed at the site with an average annual salary of $80,000.  Construction of the site would have also brought several hundred construction jobs during the various phases of the project buildout.

Verizon was attracted to the region based on several advantages for data center operations, including the ability to use fresh-air cooling (major cost savings) virtually year round and green, renewable power available from the Niagara Power Project.  The Verzion data center would have had a similar footprint and design to the Yahoo! data center in nearby Lockport, NY.

A company wanted to invest $4.5 Billion into our local economy and suddenly changed their mind.  So, you might be asking yourself at this point, WHA HAPPEN?!?! Why did Verizon cancel this project?  Was it the unfriendly business climate fostered by New York State that caused the change of heart?  No, it was one lady and her lawyer.

Mary Ann Rizzo, an elderly woman who resides in Amherst, but owns property across from the proposed data center, retained professional legal obstructionist attorney Arthur Giacalone to stop the project.  She was not demanding changes to the project, she did not want issues remediated, she intended to stop the project and force it to relocate to another area of Niagara County.  She was seeking to preserve the “rustic charm” of this strip of state road bordered by a coal fired power plant and a food processing facility.

See, data centers aren’t objectively bad, just data centers across from her property.

Her initial legal claim was dismissed by Acting State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Murphy back in January, but Rizzo and her attorney appealed that decision.  Giacalone used a common tactic in proceedings like this called “perfecting the appeal“, utilizing the maximum time to file appeals and paperwork to delay the hearings.  The hope is that the delay would force the defendant to simply drop the project in question.  Verizon filed to expedite the appeal process, a judge declined to expedite and five days later, Verizon decided to cancel the project and presumably move it to their second choice location, Laramie, WY.  Giacalone’s plan worked.

State Senator George Maziarz appeared with Brad Riter on WECK1230 AM today to give the eulogy for what would have been an awesome project for WNY.

Since Rizzo doesn’t currently live on the property, what is found at the location?  Well, Judge Murphy noted in his review of her claim that the structures on her property are a dilapidated shack and a garage-type structure and that there is no certificate of occupancy for either structure.

So, welcome to Western New York where the eccentric, selfish dickhead infection has reached epic fucking proportions.  Seriously, one person, who doesn’t even live near the site in question can stop a $4.5 BILLION development?  What in the holy rolling fuck is wrong with the people in this god damned region?  200 permanent jobs, 500-600 construction jobs and hundreds of potential jobs from supporting vendors were killed because of the whims of one person?

Verizon laying fiber optic lines, dragging power out to the lake, and making a 20 year commitment to the region has so many ancillary benefits, it’s almost immeasurable.  Verizon and Yahoo! building massive data centers in WNY, which utilize our hydropower and favorable climate conditions would have been an anchor for future job growth and corporate investment.  But hey, who cares about that when we’re preserving rustic charm, right?

I guess we’ll keep leaning on the marketing power generated by our short commutes and plethora of locally owned urban tsotchke shops to return Buffalo and WNY to national economic relevance.

Fuck.

30 Responses to “Verizon Withdraws Plans For Niagara County Datacenter”

  1. Keller March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I blame George Bush.

  2. JSmith March 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    The public subsidy for those 200 jobs amounted to $206,000 each per year. How about the state just pays 200 network administrators $80,000 a year to watch TV and we can save the rest of it?

    One elderly NIMBY is not going to derail a $4.5 billion project. More likely, Wyoming offered Verizon a better bribe.

    • Christopher Smith March 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Actually, Laramie offered Verizon a tax exemption on data center software and capital equipment purchases, that’s it. New York offered what could have been a $350MM incentive package and an initial 25MW of hydropower, with potential for more. The lawsuit and projected delays of up to a year were the primary reason they moved on .

  3. Brian Castner March 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    While reading the piece, I was wondering how anyone could possibly defend the actions of this woman and her lawyer, or see this is a positive light. I guess we have one, JSmith.

    To the second point first – I find it absurd that a plaintiff can sue to stop a project, and then say it wasn’t the lawsuit that stopped it. If you truly thought WY was going to offer something better, why not just save your lawyer fees and wait for the project to fail?

    Back to the first – these subsidy numbers are completely without context. Assuming your number is right, that $206,000 is a tax break to create new positions. Its not a direct outlay of money, its a reduction of the potential money coming in. Or, to put it another way, if Verizon was to get a 50% tax break, you can say NY is now “paying” $416,000 for NOT A FUCKING THING.

    I agree with Chris – WNY’s new national slogan should be FML.

  4. oh puleeze March 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    if companies don’t want to be tied up with lawsuits like this they might trying dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on the paperwork. SEQR process properly done would have paved the way through.  Arrogant corporations don’t want to bother with SEQR.  I agree with jsmith someone offered bigger bribe as well.

  5. Chris Charvella March 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Remember, in Western New York, if the IDA’s don’t manage to fuck it up, some idiot property owner will certainly take up their slack. I agree with your concluding statement:

    Fuck.

  6. oh puleeze March 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Reality check, part 2.

    The coal fired electrical plant that you briefly mention was to supply 50% – 75% of the electricity for this project, not exactly green, but that coal plant was is key.

    The property Verizon wanted was right next to the coal plant, no public right of ways had to be crossed to deliver the electricity.

    This cuts National Grid completely out of the action and costs them $20 – $25 million in transmission and delivery fees. With bucks like this on the line, I wouldn’t be surprised if National Grid had a lot to do with the lawsuit stalling.

    Please stop vilifying some old lady and shame on you for not doing your homework.

    • Christopher Smith March 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      Actually, you’re quite wrong. In the first seven years of production, the annual power consumption of the project would be within the total provided by NYPA, they would receive power from AES as well. According to the plans submitted to the Town of Somerset, National Grid would be heavily involved in the buildout and transmission of NYPA provided hydropower. Verizon also set aside 16 acres of the land for future alternative energy use, wind, solar or geothermal. You see, I actually read the plan and proposal.

  7. Mike In WNY March 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    There was just so much wrong with this project, it is hard to find a place to begin. I will agree that the Amherst woman should have had no voice. If we lived in an era that included the respect for property rights, Verizon could have built the project after purchasing the land.

    The size and scope of the development is greatly blown out of proportion by those favoring corporate welfare. It was a $500 million project with at least $330 million in tax breaks, plus whatever other goodies Verizon could wrangle from the state. That amounts to about $1.65 million in subsidized for each of the 200 jobs, if this project even produced the number of jobs stated. Lord knows, must subsidized projects don’t. The anticipated $3.4 billion in equipment over 20 years would probably have had a very small affect on our economy. The equipment is probably going to come from a finite set of suppliers, regardless of the location for Verizon’s center.

    In exchange for absorbing the land acquisition and construction costs, Verizon was seeking tax incentives in the form of a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) arrangement, estimated at $330 million over the life of the agreement.

    How benevolent of Verizon to be willing to absorb those costs. Hello!! Isn’t purchasing property and paying for construction a normal cost of doing business???? I guess not in the land of subsidies, corporate welfare and screwing the taxpayers.

    • Christopher Smith March 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      The anticipated $3.4 billion in equipment over 20 years would probably have had a very small affect on our economy.

      Actually, it would have had a significant effect. Local VARs who resell equipment for IBM, Oracle, HP, Dell, Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, Cisco, EMC, etc. and the service providers for that equipment get a huge injection of local business. A data center is a pretty high quality multiplier for regional employment. Also, not to be undersold is the effect that comes from Verizon (a major purveyor of connectivity and now a major SaaS player after a recent acquisition) in the region only further adds to momentum of bringing additional jobs to the market,

      How benevolent of Verizon to be willing to absorb those costs. Hello!! Isn’t purchasing property and paying for construction a normal cost of doing business?

      It’s not benevolent, it is the cost of doing business. They pay construction, capital equipment and labor and the state provides incentives to create that business.

  8. Chris Charvella March 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    @Mike

    Normally, I’d agree with you on just about every point you made. I’m no fan of IDA’s and I’ve spent a fair amount of time throwing stones at my own IDA here in Genesee County.

    I typically get my hackles up when IDA’s talk about theoretical companies creating theoretical jobs and taking massive amounts of property off the tax rolls in false anticipation of employment and progress that only exist in the ether.

    This situation is different, there was a real company with real reasons to come here. We already have Yahoo! in Lockport as an example of a project of this type that can be successful in WNY and when you’re this close to the finish line it’s simply maddening that some old twit who’s pissy about the view from her dilapidated garage can throw a major roadblock in the way.

    Yes, municipalities have to jump through hoops to entice major companies to do business within their borders. Yes, the tax revenue from the property in question isn’t always what you wish it would be. Yes, if you only look at that single parcel and the jobs created on it, the picture isn’t always rosy, but there is a bigger picture. Jobs created for a major construction project boost the local economy. The 200 permanent jobs (or 150 or 100, we know how these things go) also need community support in the form of goods and services. You’d expect that the people working at the facility would need to eat lunch, have a place to live, engage in recreation activities, etc… all good things for the surrounding area.

    Let’s not forget that if you stack Verizon on top of Yahoo! you’re starting a trend. Municipalities will be able to go to other major tech companies and say, ‘Look how successful these ventures have been. We’d like you to come here as well, we know how to take care of you.’

    I hate IDA’s and the way they work, but the Niagara County IDA has enticed real companies that created real jobs; they should be applauded. I’m fairly certain that one old lady and her lawyer weren’t the only reason Verizon decided to go elsewhere, but they sure made the decision a whole lot easier.

  9. Derek J. Punaro March 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    This bugs the shit out of me because with Yahoo and Verizon data centers in the area, we start to have a coherent direction towards being able to brand the area as supporting this type of business. Colleges, medical corridor, high tech industry. You can start to put a picture together of a future for the area.

    But who do you blame in this situation? There’s always going to be a crabby old NIMBY for every project, and there’s always going to be some douchebag lawyer ready to make themselves a buck on a bullshit lawsuit. So I’d have to blame the judge in this case. They’re the person who’s tasked with understanding what each side is trying to do and being logical and fair about the process. What was the reason for denying expediting the process?

  10. JSmith March 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Brian, I don’t see where I defended this woman or her lawsuit in any way. I think this lawsuit is pretty frivolous, actually.

    My two points are 1) that I personally see the incredibly high subsidies as a very poor deal for NY and a terrible way to do economic development, and 2) that I don’t believe for an instance that a corporate juggernaut like Verizon would let a single NIMBY stop them if they really wanted to do something. I think that blaming it on a lawsuit is just justifying their decision, no different from Bass Pro really.

    • Christopher Smith March 17, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

      This appellate process for this suit could have dragged on for up to 18 months. Why would a corporation wait for the completion of a frivolous legal process when there are comparable locations that come with less hassle?

      • Christopher Smith March 18, 2011 at 1:57 am #

        I’ll comment on The Buffalo News article about the project cancellation here rather than write a whole new post. Lou Michel spoke with Verizon Regional President James J. Gerace who pointed out that there were additional mitigating factors to the cancellation including the proposed sale of the Somerset plant by AES which was announced in February and the recent acquisition of Terremark by Verizon for $1.4BN.

        Before we break it down, lets remember that Verizon wants to look like they have their shit together; that they weren’t flummoxed by some elderly woman and a bearded attorney from East Aurora. They need to project that they move purposefully. They also do not want to alienate the community, so projecting that the deal was just too complex makes more sense, ultimately.

        The land seller. AES Corp., which owns a coal-fired electricity plant next door to the site, has been touched by recent financial instability, and, in Verizon’s eyes, was dragging its feet in finalizing the sale of 178 acres to Verizon for the data center.

        Verizon had already exercised their option on the property and was prepared to move on the land. Due to financial pressures, AES was interested in selling the land to Verizon in the first place and both companies went in with their eyes wide open. When AES announced they were putting their Somerset plant up for sale, it came as a surprise to no one as AES had been trying to renegotiate their PILOT agreements with Niagara County for well over a year and had been working with the county on reassessing the value of the property to get concessions. None of this was a factor when the agreement with Verizon was announced, it wasn’t a factor during the SEQRA process, it wasn’t a factor during the town board review or public meetings, nor was it a factor when Verizon announced their option on the land, and nothing substantially changed in the interim.

        A new acquisition. Besides working at its own facilities, Verizon is about to complete the $1.4 billion purchase of Terremark Worldwide, a Florida-based computing company whose data centers are in Virginia.

        Terremark is Florida based, but they have 15 data centers all over the world and some very valuable federal contracts. Terremark is one of the global leaders in cloud computing and SaaS. The data center that Verizon proposed for Somerset, was by its own admission, to be used for existing external telephone and data services as well as internal corporate management. It’s in the initial statements filed with their SEQRA review. Cloud computing data centers differ in design and utilization and the purchase of Terremark brings an established and existing customer base into Verizon, which is the appeal. Acquiring customers through corporate acquisition is the primary driver for growth due to the simplicity. It’s a lot easier to bring on 10,000 new customers as part of an acquisition than it is to recruit them on your own through sales incentives. I’ve spent time in Terremark data centers, they are impressive Tier 1 facilities sitting on top of Tier 1 networks and Verizon made a wise purchase and immediately bought a big place at the table in the SaaS market.

        The issue remains that a potential 18 month time frame in the legal system to come to some conclusion about the project was the primary driver in the decision not to pursue the Somerset facility. Earlier in the day, Verizon spokesman John Bonomo said, ““All of this took us past the time we needed to finish this deal, for this project, that location is now off of the table.” This quote is notably absent from the revised article on The Buffalo News website, which has a much different story up now then they did yesterday afternoon. What is also clear is that Laramie was never a real consideration, they were just being used to get more subsidy from New York.

        Here’s what will happen. Verizon will complete the acquisition of Terremark, use the excess cycles in the four US based Terremark data centers to fill short term computing/network needs until they select another site for the big buildout they intended for Somerset. Most likely, in Colorado or Northern Virginia. All done. It would have been nice…

  11. Mike In WNY March 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    I do agree that the Verizon project, especially combined with the Yahoo center, could be the beginning of a critical mass that is beneficial. Philosophically, I can’t support corporate welfare. First, because in the end, corporate welfare is a bad deal for taxpayers (as a whole) and encourages corrupt political decisions. Second, I still have hopes that our pork lawsuit will prevail, resulting in this type of spending being a violation of the NYS constitution.

  12. Jack McGee March 18, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Even if Verizon decided to go somewhere else for some other reason, the point still stands. Why does one lady get to decide whether or not this project goes through? She was the only person in the entire Town of Somerset who objected to the project, and she doesn’t even frigging live there!  In what other part of life does one person get to decide the collective fates of everyone else?  The fact that the view from her property, on the 1 day a year she stopped by, might be limited provides justification to fight the whole project?  Come on, lets get serious.  Doesnt the need of the community outweigh one person’s right to a view?  I went to the planning board meetings because i live in the next town over and I was interested in the project.  The town passed a SEQRA and the board worked with the DEC to validate the plan.  It’s next to a fucking coal plant for chrissakes.  Its shit like this, goddamnit

  13. Leo Wilson March 18, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    This sounds like the kind of thing that eminent domain should be used for. Someone should have filed for forced sale of that lady’s land to build a strip mall that would cater to Verizon workers.
    Or, at very least, filed to have the lady’s sanity verifed, since proximate land values would have to increase. 200 workers is one heck of a lot of pockets full of loot.

  14. Alan Bedenko March 18, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    On perfecting the appeal: 

    Under 22 NYCRR 1000.2 (b), the appellant (Rizzo) has 60 days to perfect her appeal from the date of filing her Notice of Appeal. The appellee can make a motion to dismiss, but all it takes is for the appellant to say she wants some more time, in which case the court will generally grant the appellant as much time as she wants (usually, it’s an order to perfect the appeal within another 60 – 90 days, but the alternate rule is that she has 9 months from filing the Notice of Appeal to perfect it. 22 NYCRR 1000.12 (b) provides that, if the appeal isn’t perfected within that 9 months, it’s deemed abandoned unless the appellant asks for additional time. 

    Rizzo here dragged her feet and filed her Notice of Appeal on the last possible day. We never got as far as them getting around to perfecting the appeal. Chances are they wouldn’t have heard oral argument until September. Maybe July if they’d have been lucky.  

  15. Oh puleeze March 18, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    In a SEQR process, the company chooses one of 2 paths, a negative declaration of impact or an environmental impact study. Verizon choose the n-dect, leaving themselves open to lawsuits like the one the geek is mouth breathing about. The kicker is the two processes take about the same length of time to do, asshole corporations like verizon just hate environmental impact studies.

  16. Mike In WNY March 18, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    “Asshole corporations like Verizon” made it possible for Oh puleeze to post the previous comment.

  17. Brian Buckley March 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Why do i get the feeling that Oh puleeze is or knows said lawyer that filed suit… Regardless, this still makes me sick. For whatever the real or imagined reasons may be, there are now no jobs coming to Somerset when there could have been at the very least, more than none. It doesn’t really matter all the underlying reasons. They were going to invest a crapload of money in this region, and now they aren’t. It sucks. That’s life. But I think the most damaging part is this failure to get things done due to lawsuits, be it a Verizon data center, Bass Pro, or a casino whether you are for them or not, makes the region less attractive to future endeavors that everyone might want. If there is always a lawsuit, why would anyone try to build?

  18. Sean C. March 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Why are we focused on the failure and the wrongs of this project? Take two steps back and take a deep breath. Now look at what just happened. Data Centers need cool places to function efficiently… the stone that Mary Ann Rizzo chucked killed more than just one project. Yahoo and Verizon are the tip of the ice berg. Google, Apple, Netflix all have servers that need cooling. “Why come to WNY?” – Google will say to it self. When Mary Ann Rizzo comes up Google will move on.

    Maybe this deal didn’t make everyone happy, nothing EVER does. If Mary Ann Rizzo didn’t want to become a villain than why the fuck would she put her name on this? She should pack her fucking bags and move to Florida! I hope she gets GIAMBRAED the next time she’s in Siena or where-ever the fuck she’s lapping up pretension. 

    P.S. Kudos on the Fred Willard reference.

  19. justfish March 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    FYI, People as a certified Hardware technician working in a similar data center in another state. 200 “on-site” jobs, Get fucking real. They are lying through their fucking teeth. At our location there are less than a hundred guys/gals on site at a 1,200,000 square foot data center taking care of business 24×7. There are untold numbers of “Administrators” monitoring this equipment remotely from India, the Philippines & Argentina.

  20. Peter G March 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Why is everyone getting all worked up over a project that would have had a negative effect on our economy, at best?? Do you think that we wouldn’t have felt the pain of giving $614 million in subsidies to Verizon over the next 15 years?? Where do you think that money would come from?? WNY doesn’t do anything to keep the workers we already have. People are getting laid off because of our finances, yet we were going to give them $614 million?? This project might as well have been in Rochester. Somerset is 60 miles from Buffalo. Were those workers going to drive 60 miles from Buffalo to work every day? Were the workers going to drive 60 miles to Buffalo on their lunch breaks to spend money downtown? How about you give me $1,000, and I give you $1 in return. Is that a good deal? Because that’s basically what Verizon was asking for. The only reason they considered Somerset is because they know that WNY is desperate and will give the future away for a project that may never bear fruit. Everyone is blaming this Rizzo when the fact of the matter is that AES hadn’t even sold the land to Verizon. In the absence of the lawsuit, there still wasn’t a signature on the dotted line for this to move forward, and there may never have been. BOTTOM LINE: If Verizon wanted to be here, they would be here. Lots of vacant land in WNY. And you don’t have to go 60 miles northeast to find it…..Bye Bye Bass Pro…I mean, Verizon…..

    • Christopher Smith March 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      We were giving them hydropower and whether or not the giveaway of the hydropower was a wise investment is a discussion to be had. However, credits are not the same as subsidies when it comes to taxes.

      We weren’t “giving” Verizon money, they were tax incentives. Here’s an easy way to explain it:

      – The land currently sits empty, generating no tax revenue as AES does not pay taxes on it
      – Verizon wanted to buy the land from AES, put a big building on it in which a bunch of people would be paid a salary for doing things. In exchange, they didn’t want to contribute tax revenue on the property
      – Verizon is now not going to buy the property and build a big building, it will continue to generate no tax revenue.

      So, the actual “cost” is the opportunity cost.

  21. Mike in Florida March 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    As a recovering lawyer, but not a litigator, I have a question for Alan.   It seems like there should be some requirement to post a significant $ bond when filing an appeal like this?  In this case, the plaintiff lost at trial court … but then wins – as a practical matter – just by filing the appeal itself.    Shouldn’t there be some risk of loss put on the appellant given the huge amount of $ at risk here?   She absolutely has the right to appeal, but a complete free ride on the tab of everyone else?  It seems a**-backward that the party who lost resoundingly at the trial court level is able to get several more bites at the apple – (in)directly causing millions of $ of damage in the meantime – while putting nothing at risk.

  22. Mike In WNY March 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Tax incentives have a negative impact on consumers, as well as taxpayers. The company receiving the incentives has gained a competitive advantage in their field which suppresses the normal force of competition. This can ultimately lead to higher prices for consumers.

  23. what's in a name March 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I wonder if this is the same Mary Ann Rizzo who owned land on Grand Island with her former husband at the corner of Ransom and Stony Point? That parcel of land has stood with a half built (eyesore) Wilson Farms/ Noco/ Dash’s/ Upscale convenience store/ etc.etc. for over 5 years now due to her poor financial managment skills. The adjacent lot was to be developed into a “quaint neighborhood community with sidewalks and streetlights” under her design and building management… also defunct. The childcare center also in a neighboring lot went bankrupt (giving employees and families 2 weeks to get out) and now sits vacant, though I am told that the building has been sold and will be repurposed as an office building of sorts. I find it curious…

  24. Buffalo Bob March 24, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    The truth of the matter is that Verizon , never intended to build anything in WNY. This was a concerted effort to stop a piece of legislation that was pending in the NYS Senate. Sen. Maziarz effectively killed that legislation , and was rewarded with a sizeable donation , and a well timed promise to bring jobs to his district, during the last election cycle. Here are some questions the people who think Verizon was ever going to build need to ask . Corporate aquisition takes time to solidify. the talks usually take many months to get to fruition.When Did verizon actually start negotiations to aquire terramark ? The other question Is Why is Verizon , not shopping the plan in other areas of WNY, the packaged Power , and tax incentives are Available no matter where they build in WNY. THe Seneca Nation has offered some of there land , plus I’m sure Mayor Brown , and or Chris Collins would be able to offer one of many Shovel ready locations in Erie Countyand Buffalo.
    Verizon is a Billion dollar company , that thinks nothing of spending Millions on projects they Truly Want to get done. I am not sure who was duped by Verizon , but I am sure someone , possibly all of us , were.

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