WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Three freshman St. Lawrence County legislators went to Washington this week. They attended a Northeast States Leadership Day hosted by the Trump administration. They came back with some ideas they want to talk about.
“One of the opportunities that we really want to look into is an initiative that has been here but we may not be utilizing enough and that is opportunity zones,” said Nance Arquiett, St. Lawrence County legislator.
Those zones were created by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act signed by president Trump in 2017. St. Lawrence County has three -one in Massena, one in Ogdensburg and one in Potsdam.
“I think our hurdle is coming together as communities and a county to lure businesses in to see the opportunities that could exist in these opportunity zones,” said Nicole Terminelli, St. Lawrence County legislator.
The zones provide tax benefits for investors. They are designated for areas that have experienced significant job loss.
The three legislators also heard about other federal initiatives that could help St. Lawrence County and about one that has long been talked about.
“They had talked about the fact that they are still hoping to turn out an infrastructure bill in the next year or two. They know, we spoke to them about needing road and bridge repair and water and sewer issues in our county,” said Rita Curran, St. Lawrence County legislator.
President Trump has promised a massive infrastructure bill. But whether or not one can be delivered as an election year nears remains to be seen.