Santa Cuomo Holiday Wish Book: Naughty & Nice REDC Gifts


NY Gov Cuomo announcement of REDC - Round 3

NY Gov Cuomo announcement of REDC – Round 3

Several of my tweets this week looked at selected goodies dispensed by Santa Cuomo from his sack of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC 2013) gifts, um, grants this Christmas. Many of the projects seem tangentially related to job creation, job training or regional economic development. As I tweeted, Cuomo’s grants resemble the much maligned legislative member-item grants of years past. Governor Cuomo has cleverly marginalized individual legislators’ ability to direct state grants and to take credit for tangible projects in their home districts.

A few of the REDC projects I cited have a holiday theme. Another grant reflects a failed Cuomo policy. I take the Governor to task for shortchanging NYC –especially the Bronx, which has the state’s highest unemployment rate. One veteran Bronx political veteran says that the borough’s elected leadership and corporate leaders only have themselves to blame for their unimaginative projects.

Here now are Santa Cuomo’s holiday #REDC gifts in 140 characters or less.

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Sweet @EmpireStateDev grant: $537K to Hansel n Gretel Brand bldg renovation project. That’s a lot of gingerbread! http://t.co/Qwxi3mZvaX
— Michael Benjamin (@SquarePegDem) December 11, 2013

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Another Cuomo doozy: $100K Denim on Demand program in Chinatown. What no GAP or Ralph Lauren stores on the Lower East Side?
— Michael Benjamin (@SquarePegDem) December 11, 2013

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<script><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Member items by another name. How is this raid on the state treasury any better the Legislature’s? Where’s 2012 eval? <a href=”http://t.co/Qwxi3mZvaX”>http://t.co/Qwxi3mZvaX</a></p>&mdash; Michael Benjamin (@SquarePegDem) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SquarePegDem/statuses/410898931401248768″>December 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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2 Responses to Santa Cuomo Holiday Wish Book: Naughty & Nice REDC Gifts

  1. Da Bronx says:

    Will you do a story on how there is fuzzy math going on at the Bronx Econ Development Corp? This has been an ongoing problem for years. The oversight stems from Rev/preacher Marion Phillips at ESDC who is in charge of supervising the agency. We all know that ESDC is a dumping ground and that is why Ray Salaberrios works there.

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