So we are told that the Homeland Security Preparedness Center lags in hiring and training. Hate to say it, but "Told 'Ja So" back in 2005!
The state never made a good faith commitment to this project to begin with . . . and it appeared to be the result of political maneuvering to take the old OC Airport off the County's hands and keep it from ever competing with the new airport.
Mr. Picente would sell the old OC Airport if he could but he had to settle for a lease which, in my opinion, is a disaster.
The fact that today's classes are taking place at Utica College (which has had success in contrast with the center's failure) tells me that then-Mayor Julian's lobbying for the center to be next door to UC on the grounds of the State Hospital in west Utica was correct ... but the County got in the way.