Wednesday, March 28, 2007

NY Lawyers cash in on corporate welfare


All over New York, clever lawyers have helped wealthy energy companies and shopping malls, century-old factories and even low-wage taverns win state tax breaks intended for someone else.

The lawyers also helped themselves.

Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo law firms some of Upstate New York's oldest, healthiest and most politically entrenched institutions erased their state tax bills with Empire Zone benefits, according to recently released records that provide the first public accounting of the program.