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Lawmakers Criticize Brewery Expansion Over China-Made Tanks

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Some lawmakers and officials are irritated a Rochester brewery receiving state economic development funding has purchased beer fermentation tanks from China that could have been produced in New York.

Three upstate Assembly members and the Little Falls mayor on Friday wrote a letter criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his economic development agency for not requiring state economic investments benefit New York businesses.

The lawmakers say Syracuse-based Feldmeier Equipment, Inc. could have produced the 12 China-made 20-foot-by-60-foot tanks that are now being hauled to Genesee Brewing Co. via the Erie Canal.

The brewery in downtown Rochester has received almost $10 million in grants and tax credits for its $50 million expansion project.

Empire State Development spokesman Jason Conwall says Feldmeier did not submit a bid for the entire tank project.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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