Ogdensburg, NY - Ahava Cheese Company Facing Mounting Financial Woes
Ogdensburg, NY - Sixty jobs are in the balance as the Kosher cheese plant in Ogdensburg is battling severe debt to keep operating.
The plant’s owners are past due in property taxes, mortgage payments, loans, and water and sewer bills.
Kosher plant owner Moise Banayan owes the city more than a half million dollars while the county Industrial Developement Agency is owed close to $335,000 on two loans.
Both the city and county are considering beginning foreclosure proceedings on the kosher plant building and property.
“We’re proceeding with foreclosure that would allow us to take the property and sell it for the outstanding mortgages, but it would also require that the outstanding taxes be paid on the property as well,” said Ogdensburg city manager Arthur Sciorra.
Officials met with the owner last week but came to no agreement over repayment of the delinquent funds in question.
City officials say the cheese plant is also continuing to violate it’s discharge permit pumping improper amounts into the wastewater treatment facility. Those violations have resulted in close to $60,000 in fines still owed to the city.
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