Late payments being made to workers at SolarCity project

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say $82 million in late payments are being made to contractors who had to lay off scores of construction workers at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature economic development project in Buffalo.

Empire State Development and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute announced Monday night that the payments for the SolarCity project will be disbursed as soon as Tuesday.

Union officials said contractors owed money from the state issued layoff notices last week to about 200 carpenters and other tradesmen working at the future home of a $750 million solar panel manufacturing. About 60 members of the carpenters union local were back on the job Monday.

“Over $82 million in state funding allocated for construction costs at Riverbend have been transferred and all invoices are paid in full,” said SUNY Polytechnic Institute spokesman Jerry Gretzinger. “The project remains on-schedule and on-budget and we expect everyone to be back on the job.”

The state says the project is scheduled to open on time and on schedule in 2017. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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