Lawsuit says Feher owes creditors, labor department millions of dollars

Feher Rubbish owes a lot more than just some additional visits to pick up customer’s trash.

A lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court claims the company owes its creditors and New York State millions of dollars.

The lawsuit filed by Solvay Bank says the garbage removal company — which abruptly ceased operations last week — has outstanding balances on its line of credit, promissory notes and credit cards from the bank that total $500,959.15. The bank says there is an additional $1,127,595 it may be owed by Feher from letters of credit it issued on Feher’s behalf.

That’s not all, though.


In addition to the money the lawsuit says Solvay Bank is owed, Feher also owes the New York State Department of Labor $1,414,378.42, American Express $240,517.52, and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency $676,729.42 based on claims made by those entities against Feher, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit has two causes of action:

One is breach of contract; and the second seeks the appointment of a receiver, which the suit says “is necessary to protect the value of Feher Rubbish Removal’s assets and allow the orderly distribution of its assets.”

Many employees had no idea anything was wrong, either. The company, which has offices in Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, Geneva and Rochester went out of business unexpectedly on Friday — and employees were in the dark.

“We showed up today and they told us that they’re going to be closing the doors pretty soon and they want us to continue to work out until our contracts were up… but they weren’t sure when we’re going to get paid,” Chris Taylor, a driver for the company, said. “That’s all I needed to hear. I turned around and walked out.”

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