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Pol: Ban funds to outsourcing firms

A Democratic lawmaker critical of the state's decision

to give taxpayer-funded benefits to a company that sends jobs overseas is

pushing a bill that would ban the practice.

The legislation proposed by state Assemb. Richard Brodsky of Westchester

would prohibit companies from sending jobs out of New York if they received tax

breaks or other financial incentives from the state. A violation would require

a company to repay benefits it received, and ban it from getting further state

financial assistance for five years.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly passed the bill last year, but the

legislation died in the GOP-dominated state Senate where it was sponsored by

Republican Nicholas Spano of Westchester County.

Calls to Spano's office to determine whether the senator will reintroduce

the bill this year were not returned.

Brodsky said his intent is not to debate what's become known as

outsourcing, adding that sending jobs overseas is now part of the global


"This is not about interfering with outsourcing," he said. "This is about

subsidizing it."

Brodsky has been critical of the state Empire Development Corp.'s decision

to grant taxpayer-funded benefits to a Rochester-based outsourcing firm,

Sutherland Global Services.

Empire State Development Corp. chairman Charles Gargano, under questioning

last week by Brodsky during an economic-development hearing in Albany, said the

company has not sent any New York jobs overseas. He added the company, which

employs 7,000 people in India, has created 1,700 jobs in New York.

"In our view, this is a red herring," Business Council of New York State

spokesman Matthew Maguire said of the outsourcing issue.

"Lawmakers ought to be focusing on creating and keeping jobs."

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