As Oneida County searches for ways to help fund its 911 emergency dispatch system, local officials have pointed the finger squarely at the state
But as explained in the article, the local officials got it wrong. There was never a guarantee that the money from that $1.20 charge would go to the county's 911 center. In fact, it can be argued that the county has already benefited from the $1.20 charge because it "won" the Homeland Security training center occupying the old OC Airport since Homeland Security is partially supported by that charge. Sounds like the County expanded 911 without knowing how to pay for it . . . and now it is the State's fault?New York collects $1.20 per month on cellphone bills, and local officials say the roughly $190 million collected is supposed to be distributed to the many local 911 centers in the state.
County claims unfair treatment in business bid
Oneida County was not treated fairly by the state when it went up against Onondaga County in hopes of landing a fruit processing plant, say local officials ...But as indicated by the article, the local officials appear not to have been aware of the advantage that the competing site had because it was a state-owned facility. So now it is the State's fault that OC lost? (Isn't government-created "unfairness" pretty much the norm in New York -- and hasn't Oneida County raked in $millions from state and federal programs for economic development that other areas might regard as "unfair" to them? There seems to be never enough -- money or excuses.)
From last August: NanoCenter project denied wetland permit
Work has already been completed on roads and water and sewer lines, but without the wetlands permit, the site can't be made shovel-ready. . . . EDGE is consulting with legal counsel and federal, state, and local officials to find out where to go from here.Meanwhile the County has doubled down committing more money to infrastructure using the non-permitted nano-center as justification, including hitting up the State for a cool $5 million and hitting up sewer users for another $7 mil. This money is just piled on top of millions more spent while they've known of the permit problem for 8 years! Is it smart to prepare a site that might never get a permit?
Airport, county seek operator for tower
Griffis International Airport is taking steps to line up its own air traffic control tower operator should the Federal Aviation Administration make good on its plan ot end tower funding June 15 . . .More taxpayer money thrown at an "International" airport with no scheduled flights -- on top of $10s of millions already spent on this white elephant. It seems every 3 months there is a new need to tap the taxpayers.
At some point you just have to scratch your head and ask: Does anyone in County government do more than a half-[baked] analysis before getting us deeper into these schemes?
But wait, it gets much much worse . . .