GREG JOHNSON CLAIMS “POLITICS AS USUAL” CLOSES ORISKANY BATTLEFIELD, STATE PARKSI can't say that I disagree with Mr. Johnson's assessment of the State Park situation. . .
Candidate for Assembly Greg Johnson says Assemblywoman Destito’s fiscal irresponsibility contributed in part to the plan to close 55 parks including Oriskany Battlefield.
Greg Johnson, candidate for the 116th Assembly District, today said Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito’s (D- Rome) role in Albany's dysfunction is to blame for the governor’s plan to close dozens of state parks including the Oriskany Battlefield, and has also led to the inability to pass a state budget. “This is a perfect example of her having all the authority but accepting none of the responsibility,” said Johnson.
The Paterson Administration is closing 41 state parks and 14 historic sites in an attempt to cut New York's spending and has ultimately led to the inability of the state legislature to pass the 2010-11 New York State budget -- which is now 48 days late. Johnson noted that as a long-time member of the Assembly Democrat Majority, Destito should allegedly have influence with her fellow Democrats to make more meaningful cuts in spending in order to save the parks, but instead has done nothing to keep the parks open, end the gridlock and pass a responsible budget.
“This is Albany politics as usual and it’s robbing families of their quality of life,” said Johnson, who also noted that New York is facing bankruptcy because of years of overspending and overtaxing by Destito.
“Our park system is a jewel and one of the few areas of state spending enjoyed by all New Yorkers from all walks of life. It’s inexcusable that families are being forced to suffer because the politicians in Albany won’t sit down and talk to each other to pass a fiscally responsible budget. Let’s not close our parks and destroy our natural legacy that so many New Yorkers have fought so hard to preserve,” said Johnson.
“Our parks are more than just an affordable place for families to spend a few hours; they are a promise to future generations that they too will inherit our rich, natural heritage. It should never have come to this and it would not have if RoAnn Destito was more responsible with our tax dollars,” concluded Johnson.
But what does Mr. Johnson propose to cut to solve the State's budget crisis?
It is easy to criticize but politically risky to offer solutions.
State spending has been intractable for years. Government has taken such a large piece of the economy that there is little left for anyone else. Only in wealthy Downstate areas is there enough money left over to support a growing private economy (which is probably why Downstate still increases in population while Upstate shrinks).
New York State needs risk takers at this point. The alternative is more of the same, with eventual financial collapse.
For all her faults, Mrs. Destito has seniority now and on occasion brings home the bacon. Sometimes it is better not to change horses in midstream. Or as Bob Seger more recently put it:
And if you can't be with the one you love, honeyMr. Johnson has yet to demonstrate that he offers an alternative. . . that he will have the nerve to propose spending cuts and do other unpopular things a leader will have to do to save New York State and save our area.
Love the one you're with
Love the one you're with . . .
Mr. Johnson, give us reasons to vote for you other than you are not the other guy.