ALBANY – The Hudson Valley film industry is headed for a major shot in the arm assuming Governor Cuomo signs legislation that will extend additional tax credits.
Senator George Amedore and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther sponsored the bill, which Gunther said will provide another economic shot in the arm to the region.
“When they did film ‘Dirty Dancing,’ it was filed in North Carolina rather than in the Borscht Belt where the whole story took place, and we don’t want that to happen and there are many, many actors and actresses that live in these counties and they want to do their work at home,” Gunther said.
The tax credit plan would include the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Sullivan.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said the amended law “will help our creative economy thrive and serves as a prime example of government listening to, and acting in the best interest of the people,” he said.
Hudson Valley Film Commission Director Laurent Rejto said the film credit will allow the region “to compete on a level playing field for billions of dollars in film and TV production revenue.”