Steuben County Land Owners Coalition
Dana Knowles sends New York’s Governor Andy Cuomo a letter asking for his state back and offering him the option of keeping his Emperor State all to himself.
I finally figured out what has gone wrong with you and our “Empire State.” You thought that you were running for “The Emperor State.” We in upstate did not vote for you no matter what you thought. Please give us our Empire State back. You can have your Emperor State of NYC where they used to love you.
We in upstate have very little in common with NYC. We have rolling hills, you have tall, tall buildings. You like sushi, we like deer meat. You have public transportation, we have privately funded cars. You have the bright lights of Broadway, we have the dim light of survival thanks to you apparently having no idea there is really life west of the Hudson River.
We also have natural gas, you need natural gas. Why in the world wouldn’t you want your own state to prosper and furnish your mansions with local gas?
Your long awaited EPA study has come out and apparently concluded natural gas drilling can be done safely. (I did not see EPA shutting down any states that are drilling now). I thought, well, you now have the scientific proof you were looking for to open up drilling in New York. Sadly, it apparently wasn’t even on your mind.
Yesterday, in fact, I got a letter from you. I thought “good, maybe you’ll tell me you have the proof you wanted, so now we can start acting like the rest of the states with gas.” It was not to be. The only thing you were worried about was how much rent your buddies pay in NYC.
Here is exactly what you said, in fact:
“Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and decent place to live. Let’s recommit to this goal so New Yorkers can continue to call this city and state their home.”
That is fine and dandy Andy, but what about the rest of us. Again, do you have the faintest idea there is life west of the Hudson River?
We have farmers who were told in December that you were going to ban their right to harvest the minerals from the property for which they pay your exorbitant taxes. A month later these same farmers were told their land needed to be revalued, not to properly lower values to reflect the real new value but to raise them to support our government and all the welfare programs we are forced to finance. So, now all the values have gone up to make sure these farmers pay enough to ensure your buddies rent in the city will stay down.
Let me repeat; we in upstate did not vote for you (even you have to be smart enough to know why). If your buddies in NYC hadn’t got out to vote, we would have had Rob Astorino and Chris Moss running our state. Those of us in upstate NY can only dream of what might have been.
We aren’t asking for any handouts, we are just asking you not to sacrifice upstate NY for your political or financial gains. One final note, I didn’t have any interest in reading your first book, but I probably will read your next book “Memoirs Of A Failed Emperor State Governor from His Cell.” One piece of advice, try keeping your hands in your own pocket.
Very unhappy NYer,