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Local growth coming in ’14

January 1, 2014

We expect the new year will bring economic growth to the area. Several major economic development projects are either about to start or could receive crucial approvals soon....

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FedUp0416

Jan-01-14 6:55 AM

Until the local DSS budgets are less than the highway dept budgets, local growth will not occur. Until NYS give counties mandate relief, local growth will not occur. Until our political leaders start to make the tough choices (limit foodstamps, limit unemployment, limit the freebies to the lazy and irresponsible), there will be no local growth. Until the mayors of our cities decide to lower property taxes by reducing spending on high union contracts and welfare programs, there will be no local growth. The EARNERS are leaving and the TAKERS are staying. How long can our counties sustain that?

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Patriot1

Jan-01-14 9:13 AM

Couldn't have said it better, 0416.

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MrBoB51

Jan-01-14 10:11 AM

FedUp, the individual Counties, I think, should seriously consider implementing their own Mandate relief and simply ignoring the State and the funds that go to each County. Allocate say, 20% of Property Taxes instead of the current 56% to County Welfare and when its gone...it's gone, go somewhere else. Watch how fast the looters/moochers get out of there. THEN we can concentrate on growth.

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TheArchitect

Jan-01-14 12:01 PM

The most obvious step for Gloversville, something that would take leadership that is sorely lacking, would be to propose a referendum on the firefighter’s contract regarding minimum staffing levels. The public needs to be first educated that many highly paid firefighters are sitting around throughout the day and night while no fires or calls are underway. Further, on many occasions, firefighters are paid overtime for just sitting around to meet the minimum staffing levels in the current union contract. This has to end, as the costs are totally unjustifiable.

If Mayor King was a leader, something yet to be seen, he would push for a referendum, an up or down vote by the public, on the firefighter’s contract regarding minimum staffing levels his primary focus for 2014. It would be a straightforward battle, with some leadership, for the public to rally around to end the longstanding unjustified requirement of the firefighters union.

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Patriot1

Jan-01-14 2:46 PM

Brilliant MrBob, as long as that 36% saving more than compensates for the funds currently supplied by the State.

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BillLair

Jan-01-14 5:09 PM

I doubt the mayor or a voter referendum can break a legally established contract with the firefighters union, or any other entity. Nor should they be able to. Negotiating changes is one thing, attempting to break a legally established contract is another.

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Hilltopper

Jan-01-14 7:06 PM

Back when Medicare and Medicaid started, in the mid sixties, the state plan was to share the cost with the federal government. Rural upstate counties protested because they didn't their state tax dollars paying for the multitude of welfare recipients in NYC. In a rare instatnce of state history, upstate got its wish. The rest is history; be careful what you wish for.

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drugsrus

Jan-01-14 11:47 PM

Now the challenge is to make Fonda Speedway the happening place it was in the 1950s and '60s when SRO crowds were the norm on any given Saturday night. FFHS senior class financed their senior trip with the proceeds (every other week shared with the Fonda Fire Department) from the parking lot across the street.

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MrBoB51

Jan-02-14 10:50 AM

As I said Patriot1, screw the Sate funds. Let the Legislature deal with it. The Alinsky tactic of overwhelming the system ain't just for libs ya know.

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MrBoB51

Jan-02-14 10:52 AM

Guess what Bill, a 'Contract' is merely ink on a page.

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MrBoB51

Jan-02-14 10:53 AM

...Ask Obama, he knows it too.

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MrBoB51

Jan-02-14 1:10 PM

Architect, although the union bootlickers disagree with your correct assessment and will throw up a barrage of excuses about how good they are and how necessary they and their union protection is, I have two questions: If they're that good why do they need a union for protection and I wonder how many able Gloversvillians would like to join the Gloversville Volunteer Fire Brigade???

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BillLair

Jan-02-14 9:25 PM

Yes it is, Bob. It is also ink bound by law.

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MrBoB51

Jan-03-14 7:11 AM

Explain that to Obama will you Bill?

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TheWiseOwl

Jan-03-14 10:58 AM

Looks like this MrBob guy is on the right track!But why stop at 20%?Go to zero, let the local charities handle this, so if one wants to help out they can do so voluntarily thru the charity.And as MrBob and others have stated before, all govt employees are lazy worthless bums so cut govt payroll,state,local,by half and then cut their wage to the minimum wage.Close Lexington-all tax dollars there, imagine the savings.Close the fire dept, go volunteer.Close DPW(city and county)&contract it out to private companies.Close the police depts.,let the county sheriff office do it.Personal & fiscal responsibility!!!

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BillLair

Jan-03-14 12:14 PM

You should know by now Bob that no one can explain anything to Obama. He is an narcissistic egomaniac in so far over his head that he actually believes he is doing great. But, it appears many are finally waking up and realizing he is one big lie.

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MrBoB51

Jan-04-14 7:53 AM

"And as MrBob and others have stated before, all govt employees are lazy worthless bums.." You had my attention right up to there. I remember what I post, I am specific in my criticism. Please explain yourself before paraphrasing me.

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