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Regional economic councils meet, and this time the public is invited

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:33 AM

By Emma Jacobs/WRVO for the The Innovation Trail

When Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled together the Central New York regional council on the economy he tapped business leaders and university presidents. Some of those council members were in the room on Tuesday night for a giant public brainstorming session at Lemoyne Le Moyne College. So were regular folk, like retiree Diane from Dewitt. She said she came to the event to find solutions.

“Consolidation and reducing taxes. That’s what drives kids and businesses out of our area,” she said.

Teenager Zack Kukulsky was at the table to speak for the younger set. He said he would stay in the region if he could.

“If there were jobs I could support a family on and live, go out and buy cars and all,” he said.

Jobs and work opportunities were the theme of the night. Participants said the challenges were big, and would require a lot of resources.

The regional councils have to present their plans by November to compete for a pot of state funds.

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Comments [4]

NYC Resident

The population of all these upstate cities has decreased over the decades. Has the size of the bureaucracy decreased proportionally? I believe they need to cut costs (merge local municipalities), cut taxes (attract business) and make strategic investments. 

Aug. 24 2011 07:27 PM
NYC Resident

What happened with the high speed railway connecting Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City?  This country needs to invest in infrastructure. 

Aug. 24 2011 07:14 PM
NYC Resident

All these small towns, each with their own police force and local bureaucracy need to merge.  The problem is the local politicians don't want to put themselves out of work. 

Aug. 24 2011 06:36 PM
NYC Resident

The correct spelling is Le Moyne College. 

Aug. 24 2011 06:31 PM

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