Open Letter to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:28 pm, July 31, 2009
On page A3 of today’s Buffalo News, you can read the full-color, full-page open letter to the community from The Buffalo Niagara Partnership Executive Committee, also known as “the usual suspects.”
Question: What kind of Chamber of Commerce is so jittery about its public image that it feels the need to buy such expensive ad space in an attempt to convince the community it allegedly serves that things are on the right track?
Here are the things the BNP is taking credit for:
UB 2020 established as the regional priority for Albany action
Unfortunately, it’s a plan rooted in the dream that public money should be spent with no oversight. This is a plan? Why not just propose robbing Fort Knox? Both plots are illegal. Only difference is when the UB plan fails, the perpetrators won’t go to jail, they’ll just blame “politics as usual” for foiling their dubious scheme.
Modernization of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and bringing low-cost carriers to our region
Just how much more modernization needs to be done at the airport? Transporter machines? This place has been modernized so many times you’d think we’d be zipping around it like the Jetsons wearing jet packs.
Construction of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and creation of nearly 5,000 jobs in the life sciences
Sure. How are things progressing with the dissolution of ECMC as a public benefit corporation? Don’t mind me, just a taxpayer, just asking.
Federal Courthouse going up on Delaware Avenue
Really? Taking credit for this? I had no idea a group of local businessmen exerted such influence on the Federal Government. Should be a busy place.
Development of more than 1,000 lofts, apartments and condos in downtown Buffalo—a place very few people lived in just a decade ago
Over the past 16 years, Andrew Rudnick has made like $6 million dollars in salary as head of BNP. Buffalo is the third poorest city in the nation, and lots of people live downtown. They just don’t have much food, and little shelter.
Demolition of the Aud and significant work on the outer and inner harbors
Excellent. Destroy a monument to American War Veterans in the hope of luring a fishing store. Better throw a few more buckets of tax breaks into the water. Drives ’em into a feeding frenzy.
Retention of the Niagara Air Reserve Station
“Retention” sounds so much better than “reduction.”
Creation of Charter Schools throughout the region
Why shouldn’t we be discovering more ways to siphon public education funding into private enterprises? Think about the kids.
Downsizing of the Buffalo Common Council
The benefits of this accomplishment are all around us, for everyone to see.
Introduction of an affordable Enhanced Drivers License as an alternative to passports at the border
I don’t know whether I should feel safer or more of a sucker. Maybe I should buy a Nexus card for good measure.
Business Backs the Bills effort, which kept the team here
Which, for nine days every fall, guarantees a surge in alcohol related arrests for local law enforcement.