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Profitable Delaware North has nerve seeking tax breaks

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency should more appropriately be called the corporate welfare system. Time and time again, huge promises are made by corporations seeking tax breaks in return for job creation or retention. Quite often the promises of a break in taxes to improve our area’s overall economic health in the long run have fallen flat.

Now we have Delaware North seeking tax reductions to build a new palace at Delaware and Chippewa. The same Delaware North that is privately held and has been located just up the street since 1915. Yes, the same corporation that charges exorbitant prices for mediocre food at venues across the country. One might think that by selling $11 beers and $6 pretzels that the Jacobs family could build its own darn building.

Workers across the region are suffering pay freezes and lacking job security, while those with health insurance are expected to pay more for their coverage year after year. Buffalo is the nation’s third-poorest city and now a family of billionaires is engaging in what looks like extortion against our community. Shame on the Jacobs family. I am hopeful that the public will stand up and say enough is enough. We have gone from pizza shops and car dealerships seeking breaks, to now a privately held company owned by billionaires. Shame on any of us who might think Delaware North’s request is acceptable.

M. Scott Chismar

Lake View