ALBANY – New York taxpayers reimbursed 38 shows and movies $155 million from July through September, including the most ever awarded to one production.
Season two of Fox’s show Gotham raked in $24.5 million in tax breaks for filming in New York, the most of any film or show since the state starting making the incentives public in 2014, new records show.
Gotham had received $22.3 million in 2016 for the first season of the show — which had been the most the state provided to any one production, a review of records by the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau found.
Two other shows received about $20 million in tax breaks, the latest filing Monday by Empire State Development, which manages the program, showed.
Season 4 of CBS’ Elementary got $20.6 million, while season 5 of CBS’ Blue Bloods was issued $19.9 million.
New York provides $420 million a year in tax breaks — the most in the nation — for the entertainment industry to film in the state, providing 30 percent back on most production costs. If they film outside the New York City area, the incentive grows to 40 percent.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took in more than $200,000 in campaign cash from individuals and corporations associated with the industry during the last six months, records show.
The donations came in part from a trip Cuomo made in November to California, including a campaign event at the home of Universal Pictures chairman Jeff Shell.
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