Brindisi, Tenney spar over nano-tech development project

Published Sep 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

A campaign advertisement from a Republican super PAC misrepresented the outcome of a Utica-area nano tech development project, said state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica-119.

Brindisi is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-New Hartford, for Congress in the 22nd district.

The ad points to a failed 2016 effort by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to lure an Austrian nano tech manufacturer to Marcy with $585 million in state funds. The governor and the company, AMS, said the project would bring 1,000 new jobs to the area.

AMS pulled out of the deal in November 2016, citing state delays. As a result, the firm never received the $585 million in state funding, and the 1,000 jobs promised were never delivered.

Nevertheless, the ad charges that the money and the jobs were “lost.”

“People deserve to know the facts in this race, said Brindisi Campaign Manager Ellen Foster. “She should take a stand for the truth and denounce this ad.”

Though the advertisement came from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that campaigns for House GOP candidates, and not from Tenney, her campaign did not distance itself from the ad, even repeating the claim at issue — that the Marcy nano project wasted $585 million.

“The facts are clear,” said Tenney Campaign Manager Raychel Renna.

“Brindisi championed Cuomo’s $585 million Nano Utica program that wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer money and is exactly the kind of economic development scheme that results in corruption convictions of Cuomo allies,” the Tenney campaign manager added.