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Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Time to try something different?

Carol Ash, advocate of failed policies

Although New York faces bankruptcy, former highly paid paid ($129,952 + benefits) State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash calls for a billion dollars in taxpayer spending on our "crumbling" state parks.  Carol's innovative solution includes both new taxes and a revival of the WPA:
Ash says with so many people unemployed, perhaps a jobs project similar to the Conservation Corps in the 1930’s could be created to fix up the parks and create jobs for carpenters, electricians and building contractors. She and the others recommend investing $1 billion dollars over the next decade, and would like to establish a new, dedicated funding stream for parks, similar to existing ones for transportation and environmental projects. 
Governor elect Andrew Cuomo has said he’ll try his best to keep the parks open, even as he faces an up to $10 billion dollar budget crisis in the new year.
Whatever can we do, Carol?  Raise the already highest taxes in the country?  Close the parks?  If only there was another option.  Let's think..... synergize.... something out-of-the-Albany-box....
Leon Cook has been playing Ely Park Golf Course since the 1960s, and he likes what's happening at the course these days.  "Over the last year, I've seen more work done and more improvements than I've seen in the last 15 years," the 70-year-old Conklin resident said.
This past season marked a change for the venerable course, as the City of Binghamton, which owns the 77-year-old facility, turned management over to a private group, Ely Park LLC.
We took a chance. We didn't know what to expect," said City Council President Martin J. Gerchman, D-2nd District, about the agreement the council authorized in January.
Now, by all accounts, the move has been a success -- rating a birdie, not a bogey, from golfers and city officials.
South of 5 and 20 humbly suggests we call these folks:  Recreation Resource Management .

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