Niagara County Legislator Harry Apolito (D-Lockport) has repeatedly, albeit unsuccessfully, attempted to bring the City of Lockport some relief on the taxes the city pays on it's raw water lines.
Although Apolito didn't initiate this action on behalf of the county, his persistence is admirable. But one has to wonder what Apolito is thinking when he repeatedly, openly suggests that the city should apply for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) through the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in order to achieve the desired relief on the water lines.
Apolito's logic? The IDA granted a PILOT to AES that doesn't create any jobs or lead to any expansion, so if it's good enough for AES, it's good enough for Lockport. Keep in mind, this is the same Apolito that has incessantly criticized the AES PILOT to the point of calling for massive changes to the IDA board.
Last evening, Apolito went as far as to attend the Lockport Common Council meeting, stood at the microphone, and directed Mayor Michael Tucker and the Council to apply for a PILOT on the water lines. Yes, it is very obviously election season.
But that does not excuse Apolito from the double standard that he is advocating. If you feel that the AES PILOT is wrong, promoting a second PILOT based on the same criteria as the first certainly does not make it right.