(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) today issued the following statement after learning that Starwood Hotel’s relocation to Connecticut, which was contingent on a $90 million economic incentive package, maybe halted. Starwood, which operates 982 hotels in nearly 100 countries under nine brands, announced in November that it was moving its headquarters in White Plains and 800 jobs in 2012 to Stamford.

 

“Given the new circumstances involving the Starwoods deal, I would call upon government -- at all levels -- and representatives of our business community to work together towards creating an incentive package that would convince Starwoods to remain in Westchester County.”

 

“For many years, Westchester has played a prominent role in job retention and economic development through effective relationships with our state and local leaders, private industry and public partners.  Governor Paterson’s proposed Excelsior Jobs Program, along with his office of Economic Development, may also provide the financial support needed to collaborate on infrastructure and joint development projects, which could end up being far less expensive than playing games with taxpayer dollars.”

 

“We still believe that Westchester County is a more receptive environment for both large firms looking for new space and home-grown small businesses. Westchester County offers the right mix of business resources, financial assistance and economic incentives to help businesses prosper. We look forward to rebuilding our relationship with Starwood and hope that they reconsider their position.”