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Cuomo’s Xmas pork: Political pals’ stocking stuffers (New York)
NY Post ^ | December 12, 2011 | Michael Benjamin

Posted on 12/12/2011 4:40:51 AM PST by lowbridge

Apparently, people have been leaving Brooklyn for areas with better opportunities in the ice-skating industry. The Prospect Park Alliance got $2.6 million in economic-development funding to build a state-of-the art rink.

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc. won $49,842 to train current employees in writing, budgeting and public speaking (skills needed to lobby for more government funding). I can’t even manage a sarcastic excuse here. Yes, retaining jobs makes some sense as a goal of economic development, but where were these GMHC workers going to go? They already have jobs.

Queensborough Community College scored $1 million to “retrofit” a parking lot so it can be used as a “focal point for Earth Day Celebrations.” No, I’m not kidding.

Maybe those grants’ true purpose was to make the “green” gifts seem reasonable. Mayor Bloomberg’s pet project, PlaNYC, is getting $1 million to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and shrink the city’s carbon footprint. Do we really need more City Hall iPad-toting geeks telling us how to save the planet when all we really want to do is put food on the table and clothe our children?

Meanwhile, the Hunts Point Produce Market is slated to receive $29.5 million to modernize its food-distribution facility. The Bronx-based market is home to 115 businesses, employs hundreds of workers and generates more than $3 billion in sales. This gift ought to end its frequent threats to relocate to New Jersey.

Commendably, a number of nonprofits won funding to train unemployed city residents to as certified nursing assistants. Good jobs — but ones dependent on Medicaid funding of nursing homes and home-care agencies that happen to be facing cuts.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: newyork; ny; pork

1 posted on 12/12/2011 4:40:57 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

So this is what we are paying for this year.
Time to leave NY state. My daughter is finished with school next year, lets see if we can survive that long.

2 posted on 12/12/2011 4:48:58 AM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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