Appraisals be damned. Told the Episcopal Church Home was worth less than $2 million, the Cuomo administration nevertheless paid $4.7 million. That was just the beginning. Site also requires up to $14 million in environmental remediation. Public ate another $8 million in costs to acquire the property. Was this a fiscally prudent purchase?
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The property was a mess — contaminated, mired in debt and depreciating in value — but Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted it bad. As it turns out, as much as $27 million bad. To buy the abandoned Episcopal Church Home, a property considered essential to an expansion of the Peace Bridge plaza, state government under Cuomo’s […]