2008: The Year that Was

Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced last week that Bitzer Scroll Inc. will invest $30 million and create 289 new jobs over the next five years in the town of Salina.

The manufacturer will make scroll compressors for air conditioning units in the Salina Industrial Power Park, located off Military Circle. The Bitzer manufacturing plant will take 60,000 square feet of space in the 800,000 square foot building.

The company received Empire Zone tax breaks and several grants, including $1.4 million from the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems, in exchange for locating in the town of Salina.

Bitzer joined several other top-notch businesses at the Salina Industrial Power Park. The former General Motors plant is now home to FRALO Plastech, Carpenter Industries, New Venture Gear and Reva Plastics Corp., among others.

"This means we're getting jobs, good jobs," Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra said. "These are high-paying jobs, not minimum-wage jobs. We're getting more bodies in the town and spending money in the town. It's definitely a great thing."


District cuts LEEP

The Liverpool Central School District announced that it would no longer be able to support the Liverpool Early Education Program (LEEP). The state and county had previously funded the project, an integrated early education initiative that allowed 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs to attend pre-kindergarten with their "typical" peers. Earlier this year, the state announced that the district would have to fund the program.

"It's sad to see," Board of Education President J. Mark Lawson said. "But we just can't afford to sustain the program on our own."

Senior housing causes a stir in Salina, Clay

Affordable Senior Housing Inc. approached the towns of Clay and Salina to request zone changes to build senior apartments in two locations, one at the corner of Bear and Davis roads and one at the corner of Buckley Road and Patricia Drive. The company has built four senior citizen apartment buildings near Buffalo and want to build one on this site. The project would begin as one building of 131 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments would be available to adults 60 years of age or older. Other housing for seniors is either subsidized by the government or is too expensive for this group to afford.

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