NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A state jobs plan shows a troubled Niagara Falls manufacturing company is being considered to get some of your money, so it can create jobs.
The plan was first started by Governor Cuomo, but there are questions about the company's history.
The company's name is TAM Ceramics and it's taken some hits over the past few years, including a lawsuit for allegedly not paying its water and sewer bills and it had tax breaks revoked from the county IDA for other non-payment issues.
TAM Ceramics is part of a proposed jobs plan from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
The council is part of a larger effort set by Governor Cuomo to boost jobs and investment statewide.
The Niagara Falls Water Board says TAM Ceramics failed to pay the board for water and sewer bills for three years.
The Niagara County IDA says it took away tax breaks over similar issues.
Laura Magee, a spokesperson from Empire State Development, which is a state agency that defends the proposal says, "the TAM Ceramics project in Niagara Falls aligns with the council's strategy and focus on innovation and creating jobs, particularly in the advanced manufacturing industry sector."
Magee adds that TAM will need to show that its paid water and sewer bills to gets up to $500,000 in state funding. TAM is located in the Town of Niagara, but it pays its water and sewer costs to the city of Niagara Falls. Mayor Paul Dyster said it would be impossible for the state to even consider funding the grant if the bills aren't paid off.
"They have to be current with all their obligations," Dyster said, "before they even receive a nickel from the government."
Dyster is a member of the economic development council, but as an elected official, he is not part of the selection process for applications.
"They would not be awarded a $500,000 grant to pay a water bill," Dyster said. "This was the first stage of the process. And the situation with the Water Board came to light before the application went any further."
If the plan is approved, TAM would be responsible for running the only facility in the country to recycle rare earth metals.
The company would also partner with UB and Alfred University in Alfred, NY, to develop new uses for these materials.
The TAM proposal is in the planning stages and the state has to approve the plan. 2 On Your Side called TAM Ceramics for comment, but have not gotten a response.