Empire Liquors is leaving Kingston and taking with it over 200 jobs. I really wonder how this company went from expanding and creating an additional 100 jobs, to leaving completely. The owner is saying he is leaving for economic reasons and that seems to be the case.
A lot of people the next few weeks will be making this into a political story against certain politicians but one person who needs to be commended is Mayor Sottile. Mayor Sottile bent over backwards to keep this company here in Kingston. Whether it be working against the Unions for an IDA exemption, meeting with the school board about tax breaks or trying to work out a PILOT with the City.
Mayor Sottile really put himself out there and deserves credit for doing what he did. Are they leaving? Yes. However, we know and can sleep at night, knowing that our Mayor did everything in his power to try and keep these jobs here in Kingston.