Residents remain angry over Pipe and Plastics move

By Jillian Marshall

Residents remain angry over Pipe and Plastics move

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday night was intended for a public hearing for residents to weigh in on how the town of Union should spend federal grant money.

But it turned into a venting session for residents to air their concerns about the arrival of National Pipe and Plastics.

Town of Union residents remain unhappy with the town's late December approval of National Pipe and Plastics' move from Vestal to West Endicott.

National Pipe and Plastics will move to 15 Mills Ave.

The factory says the new facility will increase its production by 100 million pounds of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe.

"They are tearing our community apart," said Violet Russell, of West Endicott. "They've torn down the trees in the forest, the animals are gone, and they're bringing in pipe."

Russell is also pointing fingers at the town's supervisor.

"Rose Sotak, she invited National Pipe and Plastics as her neighbor. They're not her neighbor, they never were her neighbors. They're our neighbors and we don't want them as neighbors," Russell said.

National Pipe and Plastics has asked the Broome County Industrial Development Agency to help finance their new facility through a tax break.

According to Sotak, the town is not willing to freeze the factory's taxes.

A decision on whether the IDA will offer the tax break is pending.

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