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Links of the Day:

– Governor Cuomo is getting accolades across the country for his first year in office. An Albany Times Union columnist says he’s a great politician, but the jury is still out on whether he’s a great leader:

He deserves a solid A as a politician. But for governance, an incomplete. The jury is very much still out on whether his various initiatives take us where we should or want to go.

– Several fire districts in Central New York face dwindling volunteers and an uncertain future.

– There are questions about whether Buffalo has the wherewithal to manage $1 billion in economic development aid.

– Rochester is going to the birds. The city is teaming with the USDA to trim the flock of crows roosting downtown and in Genesee Valley Park.

– Many people wondered who took the time to complain to Wegmans about Alec Baldwin in the first place. Democrat and Chronicle columnist Mark Hare is among the indignant few who think Baldwin should have been booted.

In Kodak News:

Fortune reprints a 1983 piece on Kodak’s “veritable reformation” and struggle to reinvent itself amid intense competition from the Japanese and Xerox. It’s a surreal read.

– The Los Angeles Times says the entertainment industry should heed Kodak’s fall.

– The Wall Street Journal revisits a November 2011 quote from Kodak CEO Antonio Perez:

“In relation to the recent speculation in the marketplace about the future of Kodak, I want to note that I have a high degree of confidence in our ability to execute this plan.By the end of 2012, we’re going to get to this self-standing digital company.”

2 Responses to Great Politician, But a Great Leader?

  1. The fire districts have become the victim of their up-surd volunteer requirements. I was interested in volunteering for a local fire department and found the requirements of volunteers for the first 5 years are so demanding, and with such little reward, that it was not worth considering. The duties volunteers are permitted to perform during the first two years are that of cleaning/maintaining equipment and observing fire calls from a distance equal to that of the general public. They are also required to man fundraising tables. The number of hours required during the first two years make it the equivalent of holding a part time secondary job. After 5 years of service the requirements are minimal. I have spoken with many people who felt the same way. After speaking with a couple acquaintances in separate fire districts who were volunteers, they explained this practice was to create numerous barriers to entry designed to retain only the most serious of volunteers while also serving to maintain volunteering as a bit of an exclusive social club. Many paid city fireman regard the volunteer requirements are overwhelming. Simply put, it’s time these districts understand the shortage of volunteers is a direct result of the difficulty in attempting to volunteer.

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