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Rensselaer County

Office of County Executive Steve McLaughlin

News Release: January 28, 2019

AMAZON PROJECT CLEARED TO MOVE FORWARD

Project Will Create 800 New Jobs, Lead to Further Investment

County Executive Steve McLaughlin welcomed news that a decision in State Supreme Court clears the way for an Amazon distribution center that will create 800 jobs and provide a huge economic boost in the county and region.

The decision by State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath rules in favor of the Town of Schodack and rejects an Article 78 lawsuit filed by opponents of the project.

“This is great for Rensselaer County and the Town of Schodack, with the Amazon project set to create hundreds of new jobs and millions in investment in the Route 9 corridor. We believe this project will help attract other investment and job creation and help many more county residents work close to home and not be forced to leave the area to find employment,” said McLaughlin.

The Amazon project was announced last summer and is set to be located on property on Route 9, near the split of Routes 9 & 20. The section of road where the project will be located is significantly under capacity.

The Amazon project was announced during McLaughlin’s first term as County Executive. During his first year, McLaughlin saw a 2019 budget that does not raise taxes pass unanimously, $2 million in savings, improvements to important services, and a bond rating upgrade.

“We expect the good news today on Amazon will lead to further good news in the county. We are confident that more and more will see Rensselaer County as an outstanding place to live and grow a business,” said McLaughlin.

“We have a lot of momentum right now in Rensselaer County and we expect that momentum to continue,” he added.

For more information regarding this press release, call County Director of Operations Richard Crist, 518-270-2955 or 518-928-1920.