Governor Andrew Cuomo told Syracuse it won’t get help from the state unless it comes up with a viable plan to become economically sustainable. The mayor has been complaining about aging infrastructure, including water mains that burst on a regular basis.
“Show us how you become economically stronger and create jobs. Then you fix your own pipes.”
He seems to think that cities across the country are to blame for the fact people and businesses fled.
He discounts the invention of the automobile that allowed people live farther away from their jobs.
He doesn’t appear to know about the massive amounts of state and federal dollars that went into building the roads and bridges that enabled people to leave the cities built by their forefathers.
He doesn’t recall the tax breaks and grants lavished upon companies that long ago left cities or didn’t consider moving into cities at all.
He needs to look up the state laws that forbade annexation and set strict boundaries for municipalities.
He forgets state policies that created the Big 5 school districts and made them dependent on the state.
He didn’t notice cities get varying amounts of state aid and only one city – Rochester – is forced to pay its school district $119 million every year.
He didn’t read the Morin-Ryan agreement that gave Rochester a portion of sales tax revenue, because the county recognized it needed a thriving, surviving city.
He glossed over giving Buffalo $1 billion in economic development aid, citing that city’s dire need. Meanwhile, the rest of Upstate must compete for the cash.
He didn’t mention giving the Tappan Zee Bridge hundreds of millions of dollars, even as he’s telling Syracuse to fix its own pipes.
Governor, cities didn’t put themselves in the position of having severe structural imbalances. Neither did their school districts. Years and years of policies created this mess. You want businesses and people to come back to cities? Make sure their pipes are working.
Links of the Day:
– New York State health officials wouldn’t give the D&C an interview about the importance of vaccinations.
– The comptroller released a highly critical audit of Empire State Development. There’s little accountability and a whole lot of highly-paid managers.
– Former state senator George Maziarz ordered his staff to destroy records, as he feared Preet Bahrara.
– Gambling revenue is down in New York, but let’s build more casinos!