Unatego Area Landowners Association
Yet another year passes and Governor Cuomo is still keeping Upstate New York out in the cold, while giving handouts to his corporate cronies.
Three years ago, Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead. Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away. However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that might balance the negatives.
On December 19, 2014, the Governor pulled the plug on that hope. He banned gas drilling in New York. Since then he’s systematically impeded gas pipeline construction, thus choking off the rest of the Northeast from the cheap energy available just south of our border. He does this to service the financiers of the renewable elites and to satisfy his fractivist base. These folks are his bridge to future ambitions.
In place of real hope for Upstate, the Governor sprinkles fairy dust from Albany like the Hunger Games, the Buffalo Billion, Start-Up New York, and other giveaways, These are grants and/or tax abatements to companies looking to set up shop in New York. Call it corporate bribery as an economic model.
But, there’s a benefit in there for the Guv. While Upstate New York continues to decline, the Governor can tout his programs and tell us he’s done something. The taxes still go up. The regulations continue to bind. The young keep leaving for jobs and opportunity elsewhere.
In the meantime the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania prospers. New businesses, new buildings, home renovation, good paying jobs, community banks reporting double digit annual growth, counties reporting single digit tax foreclosure sales. Charitable giving – up. Real estate – up.
Where is the wholesale economic/ecologic devastation as predicted by the fractivists? People aren’t fleeing the state. However, sixty miles north in Otsego County, people are get out of bed at 5:00 AM to drive south to the border to work. That’s after straightening up the ‘For Sale’ sign in front of the house.
In spite of Cuomo’s obstruction, the Energy Information Agency reports Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reached a new high of 15 billion cubic feet per day in October, an increase of 25% from a year ago levels and an 80% increase from January of 2013.
Cuomo’s pipeline obstruction is only driving up the price of natural gas for the citizens of New York and the Northeast. Without inter-connective pipelines like the Constitution, Pennsylvania gas has to take a circuitous route. Roundabout routes cost money. It’s the consumers who pay that cost, the price of the Governor’s ambition.
Some Southern Tier New Yorkers can watch the gas development across the border in PA from their back porch. Others are just packing up and leaving.
A friend’s son returned from North Dakota looking for a house but was dismayed by the taxes. He found a $250,000 house with land and a $600 tax bill in Tennessee. His parents will follow him there when they retire.
These are New Yorkers. They love New York. They can’t live here.
And so it goes. Another story in Upstate’s death spiral.
Richard Downey is a retired New York City schoolteacher and a member of the Unatego Board of Education and the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.