WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. (22nd CD), has issued the following news release:
Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna called on the Army Corps of Engineers to swiftly review and approve a new wetland permit for the site being developed by Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises (EDGE) to attract the chip fabrication industry to Marcy, N.Y.
For several years, EDGE has been actively engaged in the development of site to attract a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Marcy; the effort has broad support from the community and the congressional delegation. Despite considerable effort from EDGE and the delegation, the initial wetland permit application process stalled, due to a lack of an end user at the site. Mohawk Valley EDGE is now submitting a new application in which the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) would serve as the end user for the Marcy site, fulfilling a key Army Corps permit requirement.
Given CNSE's success in in the Capital District region of New York in the development of nanotechnology research and development, as well as manufacturing, Schumer, Gillibrand and Hanna said it is a proven and appropriate end-user for the proposed chip fabrication site. The lawmakers pointed out that over the last several years EDGE has worked diligently with federal and local agencies to lay the groundwork for this project to move forward.
Schumer, Gillibrand and Hanna believe that the Army Corps should quickly approve this application to allow EDGE to move forward with site preparations and construction, so that the facility can in turn become a world-class, job-creating high-technology manufacturing hub.
"The Marcy Nanocenter has the potential to reshape the Mohawk Valley, and I am urging Army Corps to approve EDGE's new wetland permit without delay," Senator Schumer said. "I have long urged the feds to cut through the red tape that has held up the creation of this high-tech manufacturing hub, and now that the highly successful CNSE has been selected as the end user, there should be no delay in getting EDGE a permit in hand. Once Army Corps approves this application, site preparations and construction can begin, paving the way for chip manufacturing and high-tech jobs in Oneida County."
"This project has the potential to be a powerful economic engine for the Mohawk Valley, and I urge the Army Corps to move quickly to approve this application," Senator Gillibrand said. "This is the kind of development we need to bring to the Mohawk Valley to create more good-paying, high-tech jobs right here in New York. I've visited the future site of Marcy Nanotech Manufacturing, and I know it's potential to be a real development engine in the region. This project holds tremendous economic opportunity for the region and is far too important to squander."