Last month the pharmaceuticals giant announced that it will close its Suffern plant and layoff 525 workers, and Lohud.com subsequently asked economic development officials whether Novartis had received any taxpayer subsidies in the past decade.
Rockland County officials said they could not recall giving Novartis any money, but on Friday Empire State Development confirmed that it gave Novartis a grant.
Large corporations like Novartis often get taxpayer cash after suggesting that they might move out of New York or downscale their operations without the subsidies. Typically the hand-outs come with a promise to maintain the jobs for an agreed upon number of years.
Empire State Development did not say for how long Novartis was to maintain the promised jobs.