The huge mistake was moving the Oneida County Airport to Griffiss to begin with.
By now it is obvious that our County Executives, "rubber-stamp" Board of Legislators, and unnamed co-conspirators failed to give "due diligence":
- when they decided to move the County Airport to Griffiss.
- when they made the move without a plan for the old airport in Whitestown.
- when they arranged and later agreed for the State to take the old airport for a Homeland Security Training Center and renovated (destroyed) the terminal building for classrooms.
- when they entered into a long term lease of the old airport with the State with no escape clause.
- when they squandered federal funds to duplicate at Griffiss what they already had at the old airport.
- when they borrowed several times to duplicate at Griffiss what they already had at the old airport.
When you realize that you've dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you should do is to stop digging!
At this point, the County is prepared to dig deeper! Questions are being asked that are not being adequately answered. Again, we have a proposed contract with no escape clause if things do not work out.
Mr. Fiorini pushed for the move to Rome which got us into this mess, and has in the past cut off questioning. That needs to stop. We should have no confidence that the County has researched its options (as claimed by Mr. Picente) based on the County's track record to date.
Privatization can bring to Oneida County the expertise that it obviously lacks. It could also create a convenient scapegoat when things go under (which may be the motivating factor here). Regardless, business-as-usual must end. No more borrowing, no more unanswered questions, and no more contracts without provisions that protect the taxpayers if things don't go as planned.