June 16, 2016
Livingston Manor, NY – The New York State Assembly extended the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit Program to the Catskills and Hudson Valley Wednesday night, a move that will encourage film production in the region and foster economic growth. Mountainkeeper and our members have been strong advocates for the legislation. On March 21st, 2016 we submitted a letter to the Governor requesting the expansion of the Tax Credit to the Catskills and Hudson Valley that was signed by over 30 entertainment professionals including Chevy Chase, Natalie Merchant, Debra Winger, Mary-Stuart Masterson, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Bowermaster and Aidan Quinn.
The following statement is attributable to Ramsay Adams, Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper:
“The hamlets in Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties are in Upstate New York and deserve access to the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit. These communities boast an endless number of unspoiled locations to choose from to get the perfect shot, and they would all benefit from the increased tourism revenue. From the pre- to post-production credits this program offers, it will make our area an even better choice. A healthy economy is a diverse economy that embraces, but doesn’t exploit, our natural resources. Assemblywoman Gunther understands this, which is why she has been a staunch and steadfast advocate for the Catskills.”
Established in 2006, Catskill Mountainkeeper is the strongest advocate for the Catskill region. Working with a network of concerned citizens and strategic partners, Mountainkeeper's programs protect and promote our region's extraordinary natural heritage, while promoting smart development that supports local communities and grows our economy in a sustainable way.
Contact: Ramsay Adams, Executive Director – (845) 439-1230, Ramsay@catskillmountainkeeper.org