** A personal commentary that can also be seen at my Facebook page**
So I’m listening to all the hype about Nano Utica and the jobs it will produce. 2,000 jobs are being promised – ranging from “restaurants, stores, retail shops and bars”. In fact,
“Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said there’s no doubt that the local economy will prosper.” – WKTV 8/20/15
That’s a very big promise, with wide reaching long-term impact. If it is real, its a welcome addition to NY State. But…
I also remember, not long ago, promises of “shovel-ready jobs”. I recall the wide reaching long-term scope of that promise – also made by politicians just like in Utica. That promise faded away and to this day it seems that Dems are afraid to utter the word “stimulus” since.
I am also reminded, on a more local level and far more recently, the promises of Sen. Schumer, Rep. Richard Hanna, State Senator Griffo, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. Each of them promised, over several years, that a drone testing site would bring between 2,000-4,000 jobs to NY State and tens of millions in tax revenue. Each of them left out the detail that it would cost taxpayers millions ($2 million from the NY State budget, $5 million from Congress, with another $11 million planned soon). Still, a small upfront cost versus thousands of jobs and tens of millions is a good deal right?
Well we got the Drone Testing Site at Griffiss International Airport. Our tax dollars have been spent, with more on the way. Thus far, all of 6 jobs have been created (I have the Federal and State FOIA for proof). Each and every one of those politicians have forgotten about the jobs promised – in fact they won’t even talk about the subject when asked.
So, when I hear politicians once again make broad, ill-defined, long-term, grand promises I have 3 questions come to mind:
- 1) How much will it cost taxpayers?
2) Exactly when will we see all these promised jobs?
3) Are these politicians willing to be held accountable to the promise they have made? In other words, will they resign or not seek re-election if they spend taxpayer money and severely miss the projected gains they are touting to the benefit of their re-election campaigns?
With that said, please help me keep track of the Nano promises. Let me know of any jobs you hear created out of this, and the cost to taxpayers. Help me keep these politicians accountable. Because NY State really can’t afford more “shovel-ready jobs” and drone testing jobs that never appear yet take money (State and Federal) out of our pockets.