[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Legislature of the County of Sullivan 11-16-2000 by L.L. No. 6-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Sullivan County Legislature declares that economic growth and development of new businesses, the provision of employment opportunities and the fostering of existing businesses and industry in Sullivan County is an important and necessary function of government which will promote fiscal stability, a sound regional economy and economic prosperity for the citizens of Sullivan County. The purpose of this chapter is to authorize and endorse the preparation of an application under the applicable provisions of Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law for the designation by the State of New York of certain areas hereinafter described as an "Empire Zone," and to provide for the orderly and lawful administration thereof, in the interests of the economic well-being and prosperity of Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Legislature finds and declares the establishment of an Empire Zone in Sullivan County as described herein to be in harmony with the purposes of Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law and of the Empire State Development Corporation.
[Amended 7-17-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008]
The Sullivan County Legislature on behalf of Sullivan County hereby authorizes the submission of an application to the New York State Department of Economic Development for the establishment of an Empire Zone on certain lands and properties located within Sullivan County more specifically described in Schedule A annexed herein and made a part hereof.
Editor's Note: Schedule A, as well as complete descriptions of all subsequent amendments, is on file in the County offices.
The Sullivan County Legislature on behalf of Sullivan County hereby authorizes the submission of applications for regionally significant projects, as defined in General Municipal Law § 957(d)(ii), to the New York State Department of Economic Development for the establishment of Empire Zone boundaries on certain lands and properties that are located outside of the distinct and separate contiguous areas of the Empire Zone boundaries within Sullivan County, being more specifically described in Schedule B annexed herein and made a part hereof.
Editor's Note: Schedule B, as well as complete descriptions of all subsequent amendments, is on file in the County offices.
Regionally significant projects.
[Added 10-15-2009 by L.L. No. 5-2009]
The Sullivan County Legislature, on behalf of Sullivan County, hereby authorizes the submissions of applications for the following regionally significant projects:
Ideal Snacks, Corp. Village of Liberty Section 113. Block 3 Lot 1.1, Section 113. Block 1 Lot 10, Section 113. Block 2 Lot 2 and Section 113. Block 2 Lot 3.
Boreal Water Collection, Inc. Town of Thompson Section 9. Block 1 Lot 40.2 and Section 9 Block 1 Lot 41.
Plastic Technologies of Vermont, Inc./Plastic Technologies of New York. Town of Thompson Section 31 Block 1 Lot 83.
[Added 10-15-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
There shall be a Local Empire Zone Certifying Officer as required by law. The Commissioner of the Division of Planning and Community Development shall serve as Local Empire Zone Certifying Officer and shall be responsible for certifying that the business applying for the Empire Zone certification is located within the boundaries of the Empire Zone and is eligible to apply for tax benefits available through the Empire Zone program. Said Certifying Officer may not serve as a member of the Empire Zone Administrative Board.
There shall be an Empire Zone Administrative Board as required by law. The members of the Administrative Board shall be appointed by resolution of the Sullivan County Legislature. The Administrative Board shall consist of at least nine members and shall include an owner of a local business, a zone resident and a representative of organized labor, a financial institution, a community group, and an educational institution. The Chairman of the Board must be an officer or employee of Sullivan County. The Administrative Board shall develop the short- and long-term goals and objectives for zone activities on an annual basis.
Pursuant to state environmental quality review (SEQR) under the Environmental Conservation Law and 6 NYCRR Part 617, the following determinations, findings and declarations are made:
The Sullivan County Legislature is the lead agency for this project.
Under and pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617, this is a Type I action.
The County of Sullivan has carefully considered, studied and evaluated the impacts of this project.
The County of Sullivan has completed a full environmental assessment form (EAF).
The County of Sullivan by its Legislature as lead agency has found and hereby determined that the project will not result in any large, important or significant impacts as determined under applicable environmental review and therefore hereby issues a negative declaration pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617. The Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature is authorized to execute any necessary documents with respect hereto.