A few days ago area officials were whining about this area losing out as a drone testing site. Tonight we are hit with this bombshell: Premier Aviation in Rome to close, 150 jobs lost.
No Drones . . . No Aircraft Maintenance . . . So what do we have to show for the Taxpayer $$$$$ invested at Griffiss "International" Airport?
Meanwhile we gave up our old County Airport in Whitestown for a "Homeland Security" Training Center that has created how many jobs? ... that is used how often?
We destroyed what we had that met our needs to build something "better" -- and more expensive to maintain -- 5 miles away. Did that make sense for a region of shrinking population?
We are doing the same thing now in Utica where two existing hospitals will be closed and consolidated into something "better" at an entirely new site -- yet the old hospital sites will remain and the existing tax-paying businesses at the new site will be destroyed. Does this not waste the prior investments made at both hospitals and businesses? Aren't we increasing future expenses for the taxpayer?
We seem to be building for the sake of building - - like pumping air into a balloon.
What will we have when the balloon bursts?