Lights, camera, lawsuit! Governor Cuomo's Film Hub in DeWitt could get evicted

DEWITT (WSYR-TV) - Governor Cuomo's mission to bring "Hollywood" to Central New York is in some trouble.

COR Development is suing Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, a branch of SUNY that manages the Film Hub in DeWitt, for not paying its rent.

According to a petition filed in State Supreme Court, COR is seeking a ruling to evict the tenants of the Film Hub.

The suit is seeking nearly $1 million in unpaid rent and additional fees.

The Film Hub in DeWitt has been criticized for a lack of projects, with a parking lot that seems empty a majority of the time.

A spokesperson for COR Development tells NewsChannel 9:

 “COR is simply enforcing the terms of its commercial lease, under which FSMC took occupancy of a newly completed building and has admittedly failed to pay any rent for over two years.”

- COR Spokeswoman Maggie Truax.

NewsChannel 9 has reached out the Onondaga County Executive's Office and Film Commission for their comments.

It's not the first time the Film Hub has been part of controversy and legal battles.

It's allegedly part of a major pay-for-play scandal that led to indictments of top aides to Governor Cuomo and COR Development executives Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi.

The executives face federal charges for allegedly bribing former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and colluding with former SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros to steer taxpayer-funded work to COR Development.


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