But inspiring words of united action are no substitute for decision-making based on sound data and sound logic. . . . Data that includes all the relevant facts and not just those that support the County Executive's point of view . . . Logic that is available for and will withstand public scrutiny BEFORE serious decisions are made.
We need to change, and we need action. ...
Action to commit to partnerships that will weather successes and failures with a vision committed to moving forward.Regions that grow in the future will not be those divided against themselves to the point of going nowhere. . . .
Almost every month, it seems, the county does something that does not make sense. Failure to account for contrary data, and the lack of apparent logic have been fodder for many posts here.
The County Executive raises three issues that he would like to resolve . . . but his approach to all three reveals the same serious flaw:
-> He attempted to negotiate a settlement with the Oneida Indians while leaving out N.Y.S. , the affected municipalities, and his own legislature. It went no where because key players were left out.
-> He 'successfully' negotiated a settlement of the county's sewer violations with the DEC without the participation of the affected Towns and Villages . . . but is now running into problems keeping up his end of the bargain because the Towns and Villages he must depend upon are finding the financial burden of compliance overwhelming.
-> He is currently orchestrating a meeting of so-called "stakeholders" in Hinckley Reservoir while leaving out the Canal Corp., the DEC, most of the persons who actually own water rights, and the municipalities who currently depend on Hinckley for their water supply. Where do you think this is going?
Certain people or groups are invited to dine, while others who are not at the table are expected to pay the tab.
It should be no surprise this region will continue to seem divided against itself with approaches such as this.