SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A State Supreme Court judge is being asked to hold Shoppingtown Mall in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to pay nearly $10 million in back taxes to Onondaga County.
Lawyers for Erie LLC, a subsidiary of Benderson Development, filed the motion on Tuesday.
Their attorney’s asked the judge to apply the appropriate fines and if the mall doesn’t comply, to have Shoppingtown CEO Steve Maksin jailed until they do.
Erie LLC had sued Shoppingtown claiming the mall’s failure to pay its taxes is not only making it difficult to redevelop the former Macy’s part of the mall, but also putting it in imminent jeopardy of being lost to the County.
On May 9th, State Supreme Court Judge Anthony Paris ruled in favor of Erie LLC and gave Shoppingtown 14 days to pay up. Near the end of May, Shoppingtown asked for and got an extension from an appeals judge until late June.
As that deadline approached, the Mall asked for a second extension, which was denied.
On the day the money was due, Shoppingtown requested to pay up to $10,000 as a bond payment while it appeals the back tax case, but a judge shot that request down.
The judge told the mall’s attorney the only amount acceptable is the full amount, ordered to be paid by July 5th. It has not been paid.
Erie LLC is asking the contempt of court motion be heard on August 16th in State Supreme Court in Syracuse.