“Bringing down the cost of doing business is the critical component of job creation in upstate New York. That is why I have strongly advocated extending municipal electric service from the Village of Frankfort to the Frankfort 5S Business Park. With final approval from the New York State Public Service Commission, the business park will now be equipped to offer manufacturers and other prospective tenants low cost power to go along with excellent transportation routes and a first-class local workforce. All things considered, the “Pumpkin Patch” is now one of the premier sites for economic development in the Mohawk Valley.”
By David Robinson
Frankfort, N.Y. — The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a petition to allow low-cost village of Frankfort electric service at the 5S South Business Park, and may be the key to bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area, according to county officials.
The decision came after almost 16 months of legal wrangling that pitted the village against National Grid during the municipality’s appeal to the PSC for electric utility rights at the vacant industrial site, commonly known as the “Pumpkin Patch.”
Many local representatives and business officials, who also publicly supported the village petition, feel the low-cost fuel and proximity to the state Thruway will lure businesses to the site, which is located directly off the Herkimer County Fair exit of State Route 5S in the town of Frankfort.
The business park can now offer manufacturers and businesses low-cost power to go along with excellent transportation routes, state Senator James Seward, R-Milford, said.
“All things considered, the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ is now one of the premier sites for economic development in the Mohawk Valley,” he said.