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Publisher's notebook: ‘Open for Business,’ blind to reality

January 11, 2013

Two years ago, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo made no excuses. Benefits and wages of public employees, overlapping local governments and the number of school districts were out of whack....

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Jan-11-13 7:16 AM

This man will ruin small business owners esp in our area! I'm a small business owner who hires teenagers and to raise the min wage to $8.75 is goin to be hard on us. I will be forced to raise my prices and people in our community are already being squeezed from all the taxes. This is one of the many reasons why we close up and move away!!!!

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Jan-11-13 7:59 AM

This editorial is right on. Cuomo talked tough in 2011 but now comes to the realization that he is just another slave to Sheldon Silver's agenda. Last year, Cuomo sold his soul to Silver by agreeing to a 10% increase in welfare benefits in exchange for an on-time budget. Hardly worth it.

Now he has backed off on his promise of mandate relief and kneels before Shelly Silver. So sad because I really was optimistic after attending his first satte of the state address in Jamestown.

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Jan-11-13 8:22 AM

Unemployment high in rural areas ? Look to europe for the future of America. In europe, there is a plan that would force if necessary the rural residents to live in a city. reduce carbon emissions it is said. Plus, rural people are tinkerers, especially if a farmer. This is illegal as you cannot or did not build that without a govt employee . Gun control ? Hmmm, if only the gun control nuts would consider the shooters islamic terrorists. Ft Hood was workplace violence. Plus, we are told not to be islamaphobic due to extremists. So the libs promptly forget that advice when it applies to themselves and condemn all gun owners as mentally ill. So libs, why are you condemning law abiding citizens when you refuse to do the same to Islam ? Plus, people like christopher could worship in a local union hall, begging their union deity for a tax increase on the wealthy !

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Jan-11-13 10:19 AM


Your lamentations about the Cuomo Administration and job loss in this area are apples and oranges comparison. Job losses inb this area had nothing to do with Cuomo, nor could have Cuomo had done anything about them. If you had read Ralcorp's annual report, you would have read their concerns about longterm growth -- which had nothing to do with our two facilities or our area. It was a simple longterm decision about their market direction. The same with the power plant -- the country is turning away from coal - period. Cuomo can't effect those decisions.

He is, however, driving investments into longer term, strategically-directed industries, as evidenced by his Regional Development plans.

What is lacking is leadership and long term planning from this county -- from you, from business leaders, from politicians -- to adapt to the changing economic landscape.

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Jan-11-13 8:54 PM

Dcronig is spot on when referring to the reasons why Ralcorp marketing direction does not include this area. When an area is dying, people are leaving and the business climate is so bad, no wonder they are leaving. The one point he fails to understand though is the Governor can push an agenda which will encourage business and growth so companies like Ralcorp wants to be involved in this areas market. Also, the county has little leeway in changing the business climate since many of the policies that the county has to work against are from the state.

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