Senator Robach Welcomes Spiderman to Rochester

Rochester Senator Joe Robach applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be the largest movie production to be filmed in New York and is expected to result in 3,500 jobs and the casting of 11,000 extras. The production will have the biggest stage footprint ever seen in New York with massive sets being constructed at three facilities in Long Island and Brooklyn. Scenes will be shot both upstate and downstate. “There is no better place to film the next adventure of Peter Parker than right here in the Empire State,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has the resources, talent and locations to help make ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ a blockbuster hit. This production will also help generate new jobs and economic activity both upstate and downstate which is great news for our local communities and fans of the franchise.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” production expects to require 3,500 new hires, one-third of whom will be from Long Island, and 11,000 extras, one-fourth to one-third of whom will be from Long Island. Upstate, the production expects to hire approximately 250 crew members and a few hundred extras. The production expects to shoot for 150 days, including 10 to 15 days in Rochester. Last week, the production scouted locations in Rochester for scenes, one of which will be a car chase. Filming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in New York will generate millions of dollars in economic activity across the state. For example, the production will require 3,000 hotel room nights in Rochester as well as 3,000 hotel room nights in Bethpage and Plainview on Long Island.

Many movie productions, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” have touted New York State’s film tax credit program as a major incentive when choosing New York as the location to film. Since the film tax credit program started in 2004, it has leveraged an estimated $12.1 billion worth of direct spending and has been a huge job generator for New York. In 2012 alone, it is estimated that the 134 projects that have applied for the program will result in $2.2 billion in spending in New York. The State is now being billed as “Hollywood East.”