"I believe so much in the Marcy project, that I believe it is time we look to the next step. There are vital questions we need to answer: Where’s the next generation of workers going to come from? Where will employees live? How will new workers get educated and trained in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? How will the region embrace corporate cultures that put a premium on diversity? These issues go beyond development of the site."Why are these things becoming the role of county government?
County Government does not wait to sweep up the pieces of human tragedy. We are all aware that the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut late last year gave new concerns to school safety. Sherriff Robert Maciol has taken the lead role in joining my administration along with Oneida-Madison BOCES and all of the school districts within the county in creating a police presence in local schools. The placing of trained safety officers in schools can not only providefor a layer of peace of mind and protection, but can also deal with conflicts long before they become serious problems.
Why is school safety becoming the role of county government?
One of the great successes in this county is the 911 Center consolidation . . .The success of the 911 center isn’t just about fiscal efficiency, although it does save money and operate more efficiently. It’s about public safety. The system is better today than before. The people of Oneida County are safer today because we acted.Are we really safer than when people self-dispatched emergency services by choosing which emergency number to dial? How much safer? Where is the statistical evidence?
"We cannot shrink our way into survival; we need to get there by being aggressive -- by planning big and working hard"This to me is probably the most telling statement. The tone is that we all must depend upon county government to get things done.
- So we spend a fortune on Griffiss "International" Airport that nationally is so insignificant that its tower is scheduled for closure because of a mere 2% decrease in an increased bloated federal budget.
- So we spend a fortune on infrastructure on the Marcy Nano-Center to attract a chip fabrication plant to a site that requires us to ask our US Senators to intercede for us to get a federal wetlands permit.
- So we've spent a fortune consolidating 911 (which had been kept solvent for years by contributions from Utica and New Hartford which were not on the system) that now requires asking Albany for a new charge on cell phones.
Perhaps in the current national parlance this is moving "forward," but in reality we are building a house of cards of government dependency. Our "faded glory" days were based on private entrepreneurship, not "public-private partnerships." Government can always find something to do to justify growing ever bigger and bigger, enriching those with government connections, but crowding out private enterprise and individual initiative.
And THAT is the State of Oneida County.