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A $5-billion Verizon Center that was slated to be built in Niagara County is no more.

Lawsuits caused Verizon to cancel their plans to build a data center in the Town of Somerset. Legal roadblocks had threatened to delay Verizon’s project by up to two years.

Verizon’s data center was expected to bring substantial revenue and jobs to Western New York. Now, it appears the cell-phone giant will relocate to another state.

State Senator George Maziarz, whose district includes all of Niagara County, released a statement today condemning the lawsuit that likely caused the cancellation. The “Rizzo Case,” as Maziarz refers to it, was started by a disgruntled property owner across the road from the planned site. Maziarz says the lawsuit was without merit, and he reprimanded the local judicial system for refusing to expedite the process.

Maziarz says Verizon has turned into another “if only” for Western New York. He vows to reform legal legislation to avoid more “if only’s.”

Read Senator George Maziarz' entire statement HERE.

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