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Uncertainty clouds SolarCity project

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Last week, there were a thousand skilled trades workers on site, building the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. With pink slips issued late last week, there are expected to be fewer workers today.

Albany is months behind in paying the $40 millions a month costs of the project and no one is being specific about what's going on. Some have speculated that the money will arrive this week, allowing workers to be called back.

"It's an embarrassing thing. It should have never happened," said State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns.

"People are very excited about this project. It's a very important project and you're exactly right, this was a hiccup, but it was embarrassing and I think you have to say what it was. 

Before pink slips were issued last week because of the cash flow problems, there were around a thousand skilled trades people on the site building a very high-tech project. SolarCity is already slipping on its schedule, blaming delays in delivering the specialized equipment for the solar panel process.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
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