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Main St., Rochester, during Spiderman Filming (WBEN Photo)

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Tim Clark, Buffalo Niagara Film Commission

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As Rochester is getting a taste of Hollywood action with the filming of "SpiderMan II," a local state senator is hoping Buffalo will get a few more tastes thanks to a bill he proposed passed as part of the budget.

"This could pump at least $1 million into Rochester," says State Senator Patrick Gallivan about the "SpiderMan" sequel.

Filming of stunt scenes for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" began Tuesday in downtown Rochester and continue through May 9.

Fleets of New York City police cars and taxi cabs have been brought to Rochester to give it a Manhattan look during the shoot, which is expected to pump more than $600,000 into the local economy.

The state's film office tells the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester  that Columbia Pictures is sending 200 crew members to Rochester, with another 250 workers and 150 extras hired locally.

Gallivan says a bill to bump up film tax credits for movie producers to shoot upstate will help ease the bottom line. "The translation is jobs for our people, helping the film industry, and helping the economy," notes Gallivan.

He concedes movie producers consider the bottom line when choosing locations, and not enough of a tax credit for filming will keep producers away, such as the producers of "Draft Day," which was initailly set in Buffalo, but is now being filmed in Cleveland.

The film credit passed as part of the budget, will level the playing field, says Gallivan. The Spiderman film is set for release in May 2014.

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Here's Video of the scenes being shot in Rochester

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