$11,500 in Wilmorite campaign cash to Ulster County Executive

By Roberto LoBianco

Updated August 21

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein received thousands of dollars in political contributions from a developer whose project is being considered for millions in tax exemptions by the county, state campaign finance records show.

Members of the Wilmot family, senior executives of their Rochester-based real estate development company, Wilmorite Inc., and a contractor based in Rochester contributed at least $11,500 to Hein between April 2011 and July 2013.

Requests for comment from Hein’s office were not returned.

In February 2013, Wilmorite submitted an application for a Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreement to the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency whose members are appointed and overseen by the county government.

If approved, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement could reduce the amount of taxes Wilmorite pays on Park Point, a planned housing complex in New Paltz, by as much as $50 million over a period of 25 years.

That application is currently under review.

Hein received:

  • $1,000 from each Thomas Wilmot, chairman of Wilmorite Inc,  and Paul Wilmot, president of Wilmorite Construction.
  • $250 from Thomas George, Wilmorite’s Director of Business and point person on Park Point at New Paltz.
  • $1,000 from Shawn Griffin, a Wilmorite attorney, as well as $2,500 from Griffin’s law firm, Harris Beach PLLC.
  • $1,000 from Lechase Construction, a contractor that worked on Wilmorite’s Park Point housing complex at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

All of the contributions came from Rochester, where Wilmorite is headquartered, and a nearby suburb of the city, Pittsford, NY, where the Wilmot family resides.

These contributions represent only a small portion of the millions of dollars that the Wilmots and their company gave to federal, state and local elected officials over the last six years.