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Buffaloed again

May 29, 2013 - John D'Agostino
You must have seen the commercials by now.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett and actress Christine Baranski are among those on the television advertisement touting now as the time to invest in Buffalo thanks to the state's investment of "$1 billion to attract and grow business."

Yeah right.

The big problem is no matter how much the state invests, the problems of Buffalo — high taxes, overabundance of local government, agencies and school districts — have not gone away. Added to that is the specter of a soon-to-be nearly empty 39-story HSBC tower overlooking the new waterfront that typifies the ghost town the once mighty Queen city has become.

Has the state done anything to fix these woes for a city that was once at a population of 500,000 in the 1950s? Of course not. That is why the city's population is down to 270,000.

Once the major problems of the city are fixed, such as more efficient government, then maybe someone will invest in doing business there. But until then, New York state is wasting our tax dollars on ads for TV.


Article Comments



Jun-02-13 10:40 AM

Show me where government consolidation has actually turned a community around and lowered taxes - without eliminating services. Show me Observer. I keep looking and find -- nothing.


May-31-13 9:52 AM

carlaw right, look at the big democrat city and state,they are going backward.nothing but high taxs,and fees

May-30-13 5:16 AM

Decades of Democrat rule Like east St. Louis, most of Chicago and Philly etc. is impossible to reverse.

May-29-13 9:28 PM

These TV ads are playing in many states. In the last 3 weeks I have seen them in Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. I simply shake my head knowing fully well what it is that they are attempting to do. False advertising!!


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