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A lack of leadership in years of downturn


June 2, 2013

Founded in 1980, the Business Council of New York State is synonymous with the decline of upstate....

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Jun-04-13 3:36 PM

And after 40+ years, folks are still waiting for a white knight to come charging in to rescue the area, some magical big business that would employee everyone. Sorry, ain't gonna happen. Eat local, shop local, support local farmers. Support the mom and pop businesses who keep their profits local. Not like Wally World who ships profits out of state. Economic turnaround starts at home. Just do it.

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Jun-03-13 8:45 AM

FedUpTaxpayer If NRG closes up, the people of Dunkirk will have the pleasure of looking at an abandoned brick factory on the harbor till the end of time. I wouldn't count on that real estate being used for anything but weed growth.

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Jun-02-13 1:05 PM

The lack of leadership is evident even while seeing all these tornadoes in tornado alley. Our govt and leaders should be saying , locate in NY, we do not have such storms, have plenty of fresh water and even electricty too ! No blackouts as it does not get that hot . we should build a petrochemical plant with all the fracked gas we have. I can hear the screams now ! greed, end of the world due to fracking and co2. we have mentally ill people running NY right into the ground. Build a plastics to oil plant like they have in the Falls, but that one is tiny. we have all these resources and still we decline. I thank the enviro wackos and democrats for that, who else ?petrochem is here to stay unless we want starvation, cold and want. maybe thats what the libs want for us after all ! It would be better they would say , delusions galore in the activists.

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Jun-02-13 12:19 PM

That power plant provided enough electricity to run the city of Erie PA. Kind of sad to see it go, but if it is shut down, be dismantled and shipped to China, what would the land be used for? Dunkirk would hit rock bottom while real estate crashes. Maybe someone has plans for a rebirth. To late for me, I'm almost gone from WNY. My tax bill is going to go from $700.00 a month to $65.00

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Jun-02-13 12:12 PM

national grids stance makes sense now. If all the trucks and off road vehicles I have seen for years now, towing large spools of wire and poles mean anything, it means that National grid is preparing for a closure.All of this while we are told it is better for us ! Somehow losing 580 MW does not seem like it is better for the region.

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Jun-02-13 7:51 AM

does what this council say mean anything, do they have a track record of changing the outcomes on issues. thou not informed on the ins and outs of this situation it would seem to me losing the power plant cannot be an option. leave it coal make it natural gas or install a bunch of mouse wheels and have the welfare run on them for their money. they say urban renewal cut the heart out of the town losing the power plant would kill it.

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