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It’s too bad Harper Sibley abandoned his plan to bring another fast ferry service to Rochester, as the Democrat and Chronicle reported last week.

Sibley hoped to bring a vastly scaled-down service back to the port.

Sibley hasn’t gone into detail about why he bailed, but I have to wonder if a lack of support from City Hall played a role. Rochester officials weren’t NOT supportive. But they also weren’t overjoyed at the prospect of a second Toronto-Rochester run.

The mantra from City Hall is “You want to do something with your own money, great!” That’s also what we hear on a downtown performing arts center. But City Hall has no problem throwing money at other ventures.

City officials have other currency besides tax dollars. If the mayor likes something, he can help make it happen. A mayor’s support is important. When the mayor doesn’t whip out the checkbook or his smile, that’s not a good sign.

So the next time you hear City Hall say it’s not willing to put public funds into something, it’s pretty much saying, “You’re on your own. We aren’t going to help.”

And it won’t get done.

Links of the Day:

– More than 20,000 Rochester area residents have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Why don’t they take a fast food job? It’s not so easy, as a Democrat and Chronicle report shows.

– Erie County has had a number of infant deaths related to unsafe sleep, including instances of adults rolling over babies. This is a big public health issue.

– The 27th District congressional race between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins is a statistical dead heat.

– The Onondaga county executive likes to hire her friends and family.

– A Bronx assemblywoman is accused of hiring her “boytoy” and using her nonprofit as a piggybank.

The New York State beer industry is poised for growth.

5 Responses to You’re on Your Own

  1. I’m very disappointed that Mr. Sibley has dropped this. I was excited about the original ferry, but when I saw the ferry itself, I thought “They’ve gone “overboard” again!” Why do this people always take a good idea and go nuts with it?

  2. August 20, 2012 at 7:55 am lynn e responds:

    I don’t know who ever got this ferry whoever got this ferry thing started. Stupid from the start and news media acted like cheerleaders. Cant believe any politician supported it in the first place.

  3. August 20, 2012 at 9:34 am Louis P responds:

    If I am correct hasn’t Mr. Sibley proposed many “grand” ideas with very few every coming to fruition?

  4. August 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm Orielly responds:

    I believe a “ferry” service of some type could work. It has to be fast ..less than 2hrs and it has to be frequent every 3 hrs or so. It would need to be smaller and the cars and trucks make little sense as it takes too long to load and pass through customs. A small fast boat that fits 50 or 60 or maybe a Pby / flying boat taking off from Iroq. bay in ruff water. Run the service from April 1 to Jan 2nd. It could work … but it will never happen.

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