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									                 THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
              OFFICE OF COUNCILMAN THOMAS WHITE, JR.
                                                                     145-40 Rockaway Blvd
                                                               South Ozone Park, NY 11436
                                                                             (718) 843-0792
 **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
                                                                           August 20, 2009

Contact: Joshua T. Wojehowski
212-788-6850, 917-902-6136 or
jwojehowski@council.nyc.gov


   COUNCILMAN THOMAS WHITE JR. AND CITY COUNCIL GRANT
REGIONALY SIGNIFICANT PROJECT STATUS TO FLYING FOOD GROUP

    Legislation to Save and Create Over 600 Union Jobs For Residents of Southeast
                              Queens and New York City

August 20, 2009, City Hall, New York City - Councilman Thomas White Jr., Chair of
the Economic Development Committee, Speaker Quinn and fellow Councilmember’s
passed Intro. 890-A allowing the Flying Food Group (FFG) to obtain Regionally
Significant Project (RSP) status within the States Empire Zone Program.

Flying Food Group is a food processing and packaging company that serves over 85
airlines and nationally known retail companies, including, minority, women-owned,
union shops with over 400 current employees was looking to relocate it’s production
facilities to building 146 at JFK Airport or Newark Airport in order to be closer to
airport operations and to position the company for future growth.

In order to make the Jamaica location attractive to FFG, as well as retain and create over
600 jobs and make upwards of $25 million in capital improvements to the JFK Airport
location, FFG sought RSP designation which entitles a company to New York State
Empire Zone benefits which may include the following: wage, employment, tax
reduction, real property, investment and capital tax credits, as well as sales tax
exemptions and refunds.

Of particular importance are the number of jobs that will be saved and created, with 93
percent of the FFG’s employees coming from New York City, 70 percent from Queens
and 47 percent from Southeast Queens. As the company expands and looks to meet its
employment goals over the next 3 years, they will work closely with community to
ensure that good paying union jobs go to local residents of Southeast Queens.
“During a severe economic downturn, we must take the necessary steps to assure that
strategic businesses remain in our communities and continue to provide well paid jobs,”
said Councilman White.

Councilman White also said, “The passage of this legislation will allow the Flying
Food Group to obtain Regionally Significant Project status, allow Southeast Queens to
retain one of its largest employers, expand and support the airport industry which is vital
to the area, and enable the company to retain or create over 600 good paying positions
with benefits.”

The Flying Food Group RSP will be following the footsteps of Bimmy’s LLC, the
Bronx-Westchester Tempering Corporation, and Remains Lighting which received
designations as Regionally Significant Projects earlier in the year bringing hundreds of
jobs and millions in capital investment to Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Epic Pharmaceuticals which is located in Southeast Queens is currently seeking RSP
designation in order to help facilitate the expansion of its business, which would bring
hundreds of jobs and millions in capital investment to the area. Legislation has been
introduced (Intro. 1014) and will be taken up by the Economic Development Committee
in the Fall.
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