But as noted here back in June, EDGE has too many subsidiary players for ACE, or the taxpayers to keep track of ...
With the "wheels within wheels" approach, just whom would the Army Corps hold accountable to ensure that all permit conditions are complied with? SUNYIT? EDGE? Fort Schuyler Management (with no track record, no assets, and no individual co-signers to secure performance)? An unknown developer or tenant for the site?EDGE -- which shelved this permit application back in 2002 -- which kept the Marcy site from being "shovel ready" -- which allowed the Luther Forest Technology Park in former Sen. Joe Bruno's district to leap from the drawing board over Marcy to full development -- needs to be more transparent in its operations.
That said, there is another issue in this brave new world of Federal Government take over of our lives: Why is there even federal regulation of wetlands?
New York State has an extensive regulatory framework over wetlands. They are all mapped so people are put on notice of where they are. They also are all at least 12 acres in size, so they are significant. Why is it the FEDERAL government's business to regulate smaller wet spots -- and even some not so wet spots -- to begin with?
So while Messrs. Arcuri and Schumer and Ms. Gillibrand should be thanked for getting behind EDGE (something Mr. Boehlert did not do when his party was in charge in Albany and Washington), perhaps they should be questioned on the Federal interest in these minuscule wetlands.
Perhaps it's time for them to end some of the Federal involvement in our lives and let the States do their job in their own way.