No TAX Break for Romeo Kia's Showroom

No TAX Break for Romeo Kia's Showroom

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Clark Richters started this petition to Ulster County Industrial Development Agency

We are calling on the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency to not grant any tax exemptions to the proposed Romeo Kia Showroom in Lake Katrine without a detailed plan that complies with New York State’s Bald Eagle Management Plan.

As noted at the most recent IDA meeting, the current proposal approved by the Town of Ulster Planning Board lacks a Bald Eagle Management Plan required by New York State. That plan discourages construction of “new buildings, roads, utilities or other permanent structures...within a quarter-mile...of an eagle nest, if there is no visual buffer.”

The only reference to bald eagles on the property comes from March 7, 2020, where a consultant stated that bald eagles have the, “potential to be on the site.” The nest, and the bald eagles, are visible from Route 9W. Additionally, while not visible from the road, eaglets can be heard from the nest at the neighboring QuickChek property.

As you know, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction until the initiation of New York's Endangered Species Program in 1976 began a dramatic turnaround for our national symbol.

Efforts to save these birds have led to them being removed from the Federal Endangered Species List and in New York State their distinction has changed from Endangered to Threatened. Yet still, the NYS DEC estimates only 170 pairs of eagles nest in the state.

Bald Eagles have long been represented as a symbol of our nation. Prior to this distinction, they have also served as a spiritual and sacred symbol to the native people of North America. While we do not necessarily oppose the proposed Romeo Kia project, we do oppose any action that does not guarantee their protection.

We ask the IDA to demand an adequate plan or deny the project.

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