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Bass Pro Project; Buffalo Businessman Files Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A group of Buffalo residents filed suit in New York State Supreme Court Monday to stop state money from being used to subsidize the proposed Bass Pro-centered development at the Erie Canal Harbor.

The suit claims that the $35 million subsidy offered to Bass Pro violates a prohibition in New York's Constitution against the gift or loan of state funds to a private enterprise.

Mark Goldman, proprietor of the Calumet Art Cafe and author of books on Buffalo history, is leading the group.

"We believe that the defendants, by offering public money to a private corporation, have acted in violation of the New York State Constitution," Goldman said in a statement released Monday. "We believe that efforts to give public funds to Bass Pro are a serious abuse of power that could, if allowed to stand, corrupt the democratic process."