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NY business incentive program wasted millions

Mike McAndrew of The Post-Standard used Empire Zone records obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests to show that New York's program to attract new business spent $84 million in recent years on out-of-state power companies with old and dirty facilities and little or no job growth. For instance, taxpayers paid $22 million to NRG Energy for one year, and it did almost nothing to deserve it. "The New Jersey company added one-half of one employee. It operated Upstate electric plants built decades ago by someone else. Two of these plants are the state

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