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Richard D’Attilio is the executive director of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency.
Any project awarded tax breaks by the IDA comes across his desk. And any project that is rejected comes across his desk too.
D’Attilio started with the agency 18 years ago, turning it into - basically - a developer that gives away tax breaks.
“We are revenue-driven. We are independent and autonomous from the county, the government,” says D’Attilio. “Once the board of directors has been put in place, they are the final word on all activity.”
That means only the nine member board of directors has a say in how the IDA spends money.
It’s not clear that the board, which meets once-a-month, actually gets involved in any meaningful way.
A review of more than a year of board meeting minutes found no projects that were rejected by the board after getting the OK from D’Attilio.