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Horseheads Brewing lease involving Schuyler IDA heads to court

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Just before summer begins, the former Horseheads Brewing location remains closed, missing out on the peak tourist season. The dispute over the lease at Seneca Harbor Marina is now being addressed in court.


In 2023, the Schuyler County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) sought new proposals for the lease after Horseheads Brewing’s expired. Five businesses submitted proposals, with Horseheads Brewing and Lucky Hare Brewing becoming finalists. After re-scoring, the IDA chose Lucky Hare Brewing, leading Horseheads Brewing owners, Lilly Brothers, LLC, to file a lawsuit, claiming their right of first refusal was ignored.

A judge heard arguments on June 14 and will soon decide whether the IDA’s decision to end the lease was lawful.