[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hornell 11-15-2000 by L.L. No. 2-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article 18B of the General Municipal Law has authorized applications by municipalities for designation as empire zones within the meaning of said statute and such designation could greatly benefit the City of Hornell and other municipalities within Steuben County in that new businesses would be encouraged to locate in the Zone area, existing businesses would be encouraged to expand in the Zone area, and new and expanded businesses would generate new jobs for City and county residents.
The Mayor of the City of Hornell is hereby authorized to submit an application for designation of certain areas within the City of Hornell and Steuben County as an empire zone, the boundaries of which zone are as set forth in Schedule A which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
Editor's Note: Schedule A, containing a description of Empire Zone boundaries and subsequent amendments thereto, is on file in the City offices.
Pursuant to the requirements of the aforesaid statute, the City Chamberlain shall serve as Certification Officer of the City of Hornell / Steuben County empire zone areas and shall perform the following duty, to wit: certify, jointly with the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development and the New York State Commissioner of Labor, those business enterprises which are eligible to receive benefits referred to in § 966 of Article 18B of the General Municipal Law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the aforesaid statute, a local empire zone administration board is hereby established to consist of seven members, none of whom shall be the Certification Officer. All members shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Hornell. The appointments shall be for terms of three years, except that four of the original appointees shall be appointed to two-year terms. All subsequent new appointments and reappointments shall be for a term of three years and shall be filled for duration of unexpired tern). The members shall be representatives of local business, organized labor, community organizations, financial and educational institutions, at least one of whom shall be a zone resident. The local empire zone administrative board shall perform the following duties:
Submit an annual report to the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development regarding empire zone activities, including analysis of the extent to which the goals set forth in the Empire Zone application have been met.
Undertake efforts to ensure meaningful participation by minority and women businesses in empire zone activities.
Provide within the Zone, by contract with the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency (HIDA), strategic economic development planning for the Zone, marketing and promotion of the Zone, assistance to companies in applying for available benefits, preparation of application for financing assistance and other technical assistance services, coordination of the delivery of state and local economic development assistance programs in furtherance of the Empire Zone plan as shall be determined by the designee. Provided, however, within the amount appropriated therefor and allocated by the HIDA, the Commissioner shall, to the maximum extent feasible, make equally available financial support, through contracts or other means, to assist with the administrative expenses of the Zone activity operations. No funds shall be made available for this purpose unless the amount to be provided has been matched by private and governmental sources, other then state sources, in amounts at least equaling that to be provided by the state.
Enter into an agreement with the office of business permits and regulatory assistance to participate in a business permit assistance program to be provided to applicants for business permits required by a county, city, town or village for a business undertaking project or activity in the Empire Zone.
Enter into agreements with the commissioners of economic development, labor and social services, local education agencies as defined in paragraph (b) of subdivision one of § 3032 of the Education Law, local community-based organizations, private employers, labor unions, the administrative entity and private industry council for the service delivery area established under the job training partnership act (P.L. 97-300) that includes the Empire Zone, and any other person or state or federal agency for the purpose of establishing, implementing and coordinating job training programs for employees and businesses to be located in the Empire Zone, provided, however, that:
Any agreement to establish a job training program designed to meet the needs of private employers shall require such employer to retain in his employ for not less than six months an employee who has satisfactorily completed a course of training for a particular job opening;
Any job training program established pursuant to this subdivision shall make use of the job service division of the labor department as well as other sources for the purpose of recruitment;
In cooperation with local service officials establish a job training opportunities program sponsored by private employers in accordance with the provisions of § 164b of § 351 of the Social Service Law.
Enter into agreements with the local departments of social services and community-based organizations to facilitate the provisions of ancillary or enhanced social services in the Zone.
Ensure that the job training programs meet standards of instructional quality established in regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Education.