Of course not. Having sunk well over $100 million of taxpayers' funds into the Airport, the County doesn't dare risk MidAir's 210 jobs by taking specific action. . . So taxpayers are held hostage.
$450,000 spread over 210 employees means that the taxpayer has loaned the company (in violation of the State Constitution, B.T.W, but no one pays attention to that anymore) almost $2150 per job!
Add to this the value of the money spent constructing and maintaining the County Owned facilities being occupied, one has to wonder just what the taxpayer is getting for all this spending? The last we heard, the airport was losing over a $million a year (which undoubtedly did not include the time-value of the millions already spent on facilities).
Do the County Taxes paid by the holders of taxpayer-subsidized jobs make up for the costs? When will taxpayers be provided with the true costs and returns on their airport "investments?"
If I'm wrong, please correct me, but Griffiss "International" Airport seems to have become an over-sized albatross hung around O.C. taxpayers' necks. I'm tired of paying and waiting for the next "big thing" (drones?) that supposedly will make the spending all worthwhile.
In another vein but related, it is disappointing to constantly have to turn to the Sentinel for County news. I like the Sentinel -- it is a good newspaper -- but because I live in the Utica area rather than Rome, I tend to check the Utica news more often and sometimes miss County news in the Sentinel.
The Utica paper just got a new publisher who is interested in listening to people's suggestions for improvements. Here is mine: We need more County news, particularly the activities (shenanigans?) of the County Legislature. Utica is the County Seat, and Greater Utica pays the bulk of the taxes that keeps the County -- including Griffiss "International"Airport -- going. Greater Uticans want to know how their County tax dollars are spent, and what they are getting in return.