The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that Clinton County has approved more than $122 million in tax-exempt bonds to boost the Laurentian Aerospace project.
According to the newspaper, this was a “critical step.”
Those are needed to help Laurentian Aerospace fund construction of a $175 million facility proposed for maintenance, repair and overhaul of wide-body jets at Plattsburgh International Airport.
The P-R reports that labor groups protested the meeting because they want guarantees that local workers will be used for the project.
John Donoghue Jr., president of the 3,000-member Plattsburgh-Saranac Lake Building Trades Council and business manager for Local 186 of the Laborers International Union of North America, said he is pleased the area has been able to land the massive project. But, he said, a project labor agreement is the only way to guarantee local workers will be used on the job.
“Please don’t forget the local construction workers along the way. Right now, there’s no guarantee who’s going to be performing the work.”