Out with the old in 2012 ... the old Airport Commissioner, that is. Per the OD:
Oneida County Aviation Commissioner Vernon Gray is out. . .
“It’s a new term, and I made the decision to go in a different direction,” County Executive Anthony Picente said. . . .
David Wood, the chairman of the county Board of Legislators Airport Committee, said he had been informed Wednesday evening of the decision not to reappoint Gray.It seems like only yesterday Mr. Gray was appointed. Back then (November, 2008) I took to task some of the new commissioner's comments to the press ("New Commissioner, Old Vision") and then HE took ME to task to set the record straight! The fact that he took time to do so in a thoughtful manner gave me reason to hope that he could turn things around.
“While he was there, Vernon certainly was instrumental in improving the airport,” he said. “I think there was a difference in vision between him and Tony.”
Per the Rome Sentinel, Board Chairman Fiorini indicated that when Mr. Picente advised him of Gray's dismissal:
"He didn’t go into it," said the board chairman. "Obviously he’s got his reasons. I can’t say what went wrong... I’m not privy to that."If Mr. Fiorini can't say what went wrong, who can?
Somehow I have the feeling that the County has just lost a good man.
Perhaps the reason why no one seems to be saying what went wrong is because no one really knows what went wrong. To judge right from wrong, you need some standard for comparison. In the case of running any operation, the standard is the business plan.
In "Poised for Take Off???" 3 years ago I asked regarding Griffiss:
To the "officials:" Where's the business plan?These questions need to be asked again today. What is the "different direction" that the County Executive wants to move in? Does anyone really know? Is there data to support the vision? The impression with the airport has long been that the ones wielding the power are amateurs and don't know what they are doing.
- What is the need that this over-sized airport will fill?
- What data exists and what assumptions are being made to support any conclusion that this albatross can ever be made profitable?
- What data exists and what assumptions are being made to support any conclusion that this albatross will ever return more to the taxpayers than is being taken from them
The more things change, the more they remain the same.