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 email@example.com 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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