Orange County Legislature to dig deep into IDA Accelerator program

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Orange County Legislator Jimmy O’Donnell

GOSHEN – The Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator program will be a focus of the county legislature’s own investigation of the economic development organization’s business incubator program.

County Legislator Jimmy O’Donnell, who spearheaded the investigation of the IDA that led to guilty pleas by three of its former officials, said the lawmakers will go over the program and its participating businesses with a fine-tooth comb.

“Every lease with every business that has been sent there. We will be looking at, in particular, all the money that was spent to fix up these buildings and make sure that everything was done legally, but there has been a lot of money spent and there is still a lot of money out there unaccounted for, so we want to make sure that we find every nickel,” he said.

 

The IDA has accelerators in New Windsor, cities of Newburgh and Middletown and Warwick.