New York State hasn’t paid contract workers building Tesla’s solar plant in months

Contractors working on Tesla’s solar manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York are receiving payments late due to corruption charges filed against Buffalo contractor LPCiminelli.

The contractors have not been paid for work done between July and through the Fall, the Buffalo News first reported. Howard Zemsky, the president of Empire State Development, wrote in a statement to the Buffalo News that the payment process is undergoing close examination because of the corruption charges, but that everyone will be paid.

Tesla is not responsible for paying the contractors.

The state of New York is spending $750 million on the Buffalo plant as part of an economic revitalization project called the Buffalo Billion initiative spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo. SolarCity pledged $150 million toward the plant.

The Empire State Development did not return Business Insider’s request for comment. LPCiminelli declined to comment.

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