If you read in Freeman the article Accord roller rink co-owned by Ulster County Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo losing tax breaks you know that Skate Time 209 is among the businesses targeted by the Industrial Development Agency for failing to create the number of jobs they promised in return for 6-figure tax breaks.
Len Bernardo admits the couple promised to create those jobs, but he said job creation was not a condition of the final contract. Really Len? Really?
This is the first page of Bernardos’ 2005 application for financial assistance (tax breaks):
Look again in the box above, where is clearly stated:
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: The answers to the questions contained in this application are necessary to determine your firm’s eligibility for financing and other assistance from Ulster County Development Agency.
Now look at the Bernardos’ answer to Question #6:
See the whole application – signed and notarized. Feel free to comment and explain to Bernardo why his answer played its part in determining the eligibility for financial assistance: IDA is about creating jobs.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco