DeWitt: Tabled moratorium stirs controversy

Murphy noted that the project's potential benefits reflect the standards set forth by the town's most recent comprehensive plan, and criticized the moratorium as an attempt by JAM-PAC to block the project by "circumventing the established process."

"Is our economy so strong that we can object to this investment opportunity?" Murphy asked.

Kerry Mannion, who is running for the town board, compared the stir up to the recent controversy surrounding Empire Zoning tax deductions. Businesses make promises to create jobs and increase the surrounding municipality's tax base but often fail to deliver, Mannion said.

In regard to the delayed decision on the moratorium, Debbie Moynihan, 2007 candidate for county legislator, said the issue should have been overseen by the county zoning board prior to the meeting.

"Had the county legislator been doing her job, this wouldn't have been delayed," Moynihan said. "It was a miscommunication at best, but truthfully it was a lack of representation at the county level."

The DeWitt Town Board will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 27.

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