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About the St. Lawrence County IDA

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency is a public benefit corporation created under New York State General Municipal Law, Title 2, Section 914. Its mission is to promote, encourage, attract and develop job opportunities and economically sound commerce and industry in St. Lawrence County.

Who We Are

Mission

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency (“SLCIDA”) is a public benefit corporation created under New York State General Municipal Law, Title 2, Section 914. Its mission is to promote, encourage, attract and develop job opportunities and economically sound commerce and industry in St. Lawrence County. SLCIDA is authorized to issue both tax-exempt and taxable industrial bonds for the acquisition, construction, and equipping of manufacturing, commercial and civic facilities. The purpose of the bonding program is to promote economic prosperity and job opportunities in the County.

The mission of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency is to promote, encourage, attract and develop job opportunities and economically sound commerce and industry in St. Lawrence County. To accomplish its mission, the IDA constructs and owns industrial sites and buildings, administers loan packaging and industrial revenue bond financing and provides a variety of tax-reduction incentives.

To accomplish its mission, SLCIDA constructs and owns industrial sites and buildings, administers loan packaging and industrial revenue bond financing and provides a variety of tax-reduction incentives. SLCIDA has been involved in a number of projects over the past 40 years. The projects vary by type:

Bond Financing

SLCIDA is authorized to issue both tax-exempt and taxable industrial bonds for the acquisition, construction, and equipping of manufacturing, commercial and civic facilities. The purpose of the bonding program is to promote economic prosperity and job opportunities in the County.

Sales/Leaseback

SLCIDA is authorized to enter into sale/leaseback financing arrangements with the private companies. This type of financing enables companies to take advantage of certain IDA tax reduction incentive programs.

Loans

SLCIDA established a revolving loan fund (SLCIDA Local Development Corporation) to stimulate the growth of private sector employment in St. Lawrence County. The fund will make low-interest, subordinated loans for real estate acquisition, building construction and rehabilitation, or machinery and equipment acquisition and rehabilitation.

Enabling Legislation

New York State
General Municipal Law
Article 18-A ~ Industrial Development
Title 2
Section 914

§ 914. St. Lawrence county industrial development agency. 1. For the benefit of the county of St. Lawrence and the inhabitants thereof, an industrial development agency, to be known as the ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, is hereby established for the accomplishment of any or all of the purposes specified in title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter. It shall constitute a body corporate and politic, and be perpetual in duration. It shall have the powers and duties now or hereafter conferred by title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter upon industrial development agencies and provide that the exercise of the powers by such agency with respect to the acquisition of real property whether by purchase, condemnation or otherwise shall be limited to the corporate limits of the county of St. Lawrence, and such agency shall take into consideration the local zoning and planning regulations as well as the regional and local comprehensive land use plans. It shall be organized in a manner prescribed by and be subject to the provisions of title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter. Its members shall be appointed by the governing body of the county of St. Lawrence. The agency, its members, officers and employees and its operations and activities shall, except as provided specifically herein, be governed by the provisions of title one of article eighteen-A of this chapter.

Board Members

Each member is appointed to a three-year term by the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators

Officers

Each Officer is appointed annually by the St. Lawrence County IDA Board Members.

Thomas A. Plastino

Deputy CEO

Tom Plastino has been in the economic development “business” since about 1978. He was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency in April 2012. Tom previously worked for two years as a Business
Advisor with CITEC, Inc. since April 2010 and prior to that was CITEC’s Executive Director, a position he held since 1992. For 12 of those years, Tom was President of the North Country Alliance. He currently serves as a member of the NCA’s Loan Review Committee and is Treasurer of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation.

In his spare time, Tom serves as the Treasurer of the St. Lawrence County Housing
Council and as Vice President of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. He has served
as an adjunct instructor at Clarkson University for two years, instructing 5 to 6 students
each semester as they did real-world consulting projects for area businesses and other
organizations.
Before joining CITEC, Tom served for over ten years as the Assistant Administrative
Director of the St. Lawrence County IDA, and as the Facilities Manager for the St.
Lawrence County Office of Economic Development.
At various other times since 1969 he has also worked in a malleable iron foundry and in construction, as well as managed a solid waste authority, a housing agency, a technology transfer organization, and a construction company. He has also taught college history and high school English at one time or another for short stints. He happens to be an electrician by trade. He holds a collection of degrees from the
University of Notre Dame, and has also taken courses at two other universities.

Committee Information

The Audit/Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the IDA offices, 19 Commerce Lane, Canton.

The Governance Committee will meet on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. via teleconference and will be live streamed.  For link to live stream information, go to the SLCIDA tab and select “Meeting Livestreams and Recordings” from the drop down list.  Click Here for meeting agenda.

Committee Assignments (effective January 25, 2018) for St. Lawrence County IDA Local Development Corporation:
Governance: Blevins, LaBaff, Hall
Audit/Finance: Hall, McMahon, Staples

Meetings
2019-0326 Audit and Finance Committee
2019-0322 Governance Committee
2019-0221 Audit and Finance Committee
2018-1015 Governance Committee
2018-0316 Governance Committee
2018-0125 Audit and Finance Committee
2017-0825 Governance Committee
2017-0328 Audit and Finance Committee
2017-0307 Governance Committee
2017-0123 Audit and Finance Committee

Audit-Finance Charter
Governance Charter

Meetings, Bylaws, Policies & Reports

2020
IDA-19-01-01: Accepting Application (DBA: From The Heart Cabinetry), Describing the Forms of Financial Assistance to be Contemplated, and Accepting and Adopting SEQRA IDA-19-02-02: Authorizing a Sales and Use Tax Exemption, Lease Agreement, and a Partial Real Property Tax Abatement through a PILOT Agreement for Criscitello & Criscitello/dba From The Heart Cabinetry IDA-19-02-03: Amending an Agreement with DANC for Technical Assistance with J&L Rehab Project – Phase 2 Services IDA-19-02-04: Amending Assistance to AmTech Yarns, Inc. IDA-19-03-05: Annual Review of Compensation, Reimbursement and Attendance Policy IDA-19-03-06: Annual Review of Whistleblower Policy IDA-19-03-07: Annual Review of Defense and Indemnification Policy IDA-19-03-08: Annual Review of Code of Ethics Policy IDA-19-03-09: Accepting FY2018 Audit IDA-19-03-10: 2019 Review of Disposition of Real Property and 2018 Report of Property IDA-19-03-11: Authorizing Modifications to the FY2018 Budget IDA-19-03-12: Initial Resolution for Community Preservation Partners: Issuance of up to $18 million in Multi-Family Housing Revenue Bonds IDA-19-03-13: Initial Resolution for Corning Property Management Corporation: Acceping Application, Scheduling Public Hearing and SEQRA IDA-19-03-14: Amending Resolution for Corning Property Management Corporation: 2018 Expansion Project IDA-19-03-15: Support for the Continued Operation of the NYS Correctional Facilities in St. Lawrence County IDA-19-05-16: Corning, Inc. Project Authorizing Resolution for 2019 Expansion Project IDA-19-05-17: Authorizing Agreement with NYPA to Enhance the SLCIDA’s Website & Related Marketing Activities IDA-19-05-18: Project Authorizing Resolution for Pro Sport Trailer Manufacturing, LLC IDA-19-06-19: Standard Workday Reporting IDA-19-06-20: Recognizing the Service of Christopher L. Westbrook and the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation IDA-19-08-21: Authorizing the Issuance, Execution, Sale and Delivery of Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds to Lawrence Avenue Community Partners, LP Project IDA19-09-22: Accepting FY2020 Tentative Budget IDA-19-10-23: Adopting FY2020 Final Budget IDA-19-10-24: Annual Review of Conflicts of Interest Policy IDA-19-10-25: Annual Review of Procurement Policy IDA-19-10-26: Annual Review of Sexual Harassment Policy IDA-19-10-27: Amending an Agreement with the City of Ogdensburg Regarding Former Newell Manufacturing Facility Rehabilitation Project IDA-19-10-28: Naming the Multi-Purpose Conference Room in the Ernest J. LaBaff Building the “Thomas A. Plastino Meeting Room” IDA-19-12-29: Authorizing Modifications to the Investment Policy and Authorization of Depositories IDA-19-12-30: Project Authorizing Resolution for Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Inc. IDA-19-12-31: Authorizing Consent to Assignment for the Acquisition of St. Lawrence Gas by Liberty Utilities IDA-19-12-32: Authorizing Execution of Memorandum of Understanding Pertaining to PILOT Agreement for Newton Falls Secondary Line
IDA-18-01-01: Amending an Agreement with DANC for Technical Assistance with the Newton Falls Railroad Rehabilitation Project IDA-18-01-02: Authorizing an Application for Funds through the National Grid Brownfield Redevelopment Assistance Program for the Former J&L Site IDA-18-01-03: Authorizing Financial Assistance for the St. Lawrence Soyway Company, LLC Mechanical Crush Project IDA-18-02-04: Authorizing Modifications to the Financial Assistance Conveyed by the SLCIDA with Respect to the Corning, Inc./Corning Property Management Corporation Project IDA-18-02-05: Recommending the Governor Nominate Census Tracts in St. Lawrence County as Opportunity Zone – Qualified Under the Investing In Opportunity Act of 2017 IDA-18-03-06: Annual Review of Compensation, Reimbursement and Attenance Policy IDA-18-03-07: Annual Review of Whistleblower Policy and Procedures IDA-18-03-08: Annual Review of Defense and Indemnification IDA-18-03-09: Annaul Review of Code of Ethics IDA-18-03-10: Accepting FY2017 Audit IDA-18-03-11: 2018 Disposition of Real Property Policy and 2017 Report of Property IDA-18-03-12: Authorizing Modifications to the FY2017 Budget IDA-18-03-13: Authorizing Application of Funds through the National Grid Brownfield Redevelopment Assistance Program IDA-18-03-14: Authorizing Application to the USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program in the amount of $57,850 for the benefit of LC Drives IDA-18-05-15: Authorizing Resolution: Corning Project IDA-18-06-16: Authorizing Assistance to AmTech Yarns IDA-18-06-17: Authorizing Borrowing of Funds from Development Authority of the North Country IDA-18-06-18: Authorizing Agreement with the New York Power Authority to Explore the Feasibility of a Project to Enhance the Value of the SLCIDA’s website IDA-18-06-19: Standard Workday and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials IDA-18-09-20: Authorizing Financial Assistance to North American Forest Group, Inc. and Accepting Findings Pursuant to SEQRA IDA-18-09-21: Authorizing Establishment and Maintenance of Accounts with Keybanc Capital Markets, Inc. IDA-18-09-22: Accepting FY2019 Tentative Budget IDA-18-09-23: Authorizing CEO to Amend and Agreement Regarding the Jones and Laughlin Ore Company Superfund Site IDA-18-09-24: Authorizing a Three-Year Services Contract IDA-18-10-25: Approving and Adopting FY2019 Budget IDA-18-10-26: Annual Review of Conflicts of Interest Policy IDA-18-10-27: Authorizing Amendments to the Procurement Policy IDA-18-10-28: Authorizing Updates to the Sexual Harassment Policy IDA-18-10-29: Revisions to the Cellular Phone Usage Policy IDA-18-10-30: Authorizing Updates to the Personnel Guidelines IDA-18-10-31: Authorizing Financial Assistance to NC Dairy, LLC and Accepting SEQRA IDA-18-12-32: Authorizing Termination of Lease, Leaseback and PILOT Agreements with Maxam North America, Inc. IDA-18-12-33: Authorizing and Adopting Amended Application, Project Agmts, and New Form of Exhibit for Project Authorizing Resolutions IDA-18-12-34: Project Authorizing Resolution: AmTech Yarns, Inc. IDA-18-12-35: Annual Review of Investment Policy and Authorization of Depositories IDA-18-12-36: Amending Resolution: Empire State Mines, LLC.
2020

Lynn Blevins

Secretary | Blevins Brothers, Inc.

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