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Ogdensburg, NY - Ahava Cheese Company Facing Mounting Financial Woes

Published on: July 1, 2008 11:44 PM
By: WWNY TV 7
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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.

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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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 Jul 02, 2008 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

As the only Kosher Cheese Plant in the US observing the Shabbos the community should rally together to help him out before the milk prices go up and we start paying double for cheese like in the 70's if anybody remembers.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Mehadrin runs a mehudar'diga Kosher cheese plant as well some 30 years before Ahava even started, and they're still very big.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 10:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Mehadrin and Golden Flow runs the product for 30yrs in a non Kosher plant. Ahava's cheese plant is th only strictly kosher cheese plant in the US no kosherizing needed.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Ahava Food Corp. has been in forefront since it's inception in holding down the skyrocketting prices of Chuliv Yisruaeil for the entire Heimishe Oilum.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 11:40 AM gronem Says:

still waiting for the conservetive groups should boycot there cheese just like what thet did with Rubashkin...

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 01:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I know the owner Moshe Banayan, a great person. they are in financial instability for years I hope they will survive this one too, but they are in real trouble now like never before, one reason is the company is very mismanaged.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 02:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Golden flow has their own farm and own machinery, so there's no need for koshering.

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 02:30 PM Big Event Says:

If we dont support them you will pay double for Mehadrin and Golden Flow! No question about it!
They are very mismanaged, as a matter in fact lopsided with their productions and distributions. Maybe a jewish guy should buy it off before the foreclosures start?

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

WHERE ARE THE RUBASHKIN BASHERS!!!

WHERE ARE THE BOYCOTTS???

OR IS THERE DOUBLE STANDARDS?

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 Jul 02, 2008 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

WHY DONT THEY SELL AHAVA IN MONSEY, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE A MONSEY FAMILY?

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 Jul 03, 2008 at 06:18 AM Elisheva Says:

Will they let us "invest" - for a small potential return?
Can they sell some shares?
I'd buy a little to keep it going.

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 Jul 03, 2008 at 06:26 AM Elisheva Says:

How about calls or letters to the gov?
Office Contact Phone No.(315) Location
(Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669)
City Manager Arthur J. Sciorra 393-6100 City Hall, Room 1 asciorra@ogdensburg.org
City Attorney Katherine H. Wears 393-6100 City Hall, Room 1 kwears@ogdensburg.org
City Clerk Kathleen A. Bouchard 393-3540 City Hall, Room 4 kbouchard@ogdensburg.org
City Comptroller Philip A. Cosmo 393-1860 City Hall, Room 5 pcosmo@ogdensburg.org
Assessment Kathryn Bateman 393-4030 City Hall, Room 13 kbateman@ogdensburg.org
Planning/Development J. Justin Woods City Hall, Room 11 393-7150 jwoods@ogdensburg.org
Housing Rehab Mark Jacobs City Hall, Room 10 393-7401
Economic Dev. Kimberly DesChamp 393-7150
City Hall, Room 11 kdeschamp@ogdensburg.org

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 Jul 03, 2008 at 11:20 AM Anonymous Says:

lets all help the company survive,if not we will go back to the days prior to ahava dairy,where there was only the MEHADRIN , GOLDEN FLOW, MAFIA MONOPLY they will take advantage of all us.
LETS NOT LET AHAVA FALL CHAS VSHULOM
LETS CALL THE MUNICIPALTY THAT THEY SHOULD SETTLE W AHAVA

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 Jul 04, 2008 at 05:33 AM Anonymous Says:

If there pumping waste products out into the sewer and the sewer winds up in the atlantic after processing, does that mean the Atlantic is Milichig? If Agri pumps a similar amount of waste and it winds up in the Atlantic too, does that make the Atlantic treif? t

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