WNED, By Mike Desmond, June 20, 2011. An estimate is that New York spends $8 billion a year in various economic development subsidies, like hotels in Western New York and giant baseball stadiums in New York City. "We really don't have much economic development policy that's designed at restoring neighborhoods," said Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, during a public forum yesterday.
Labor, community and faith leaders from the statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth coalition gathered today at the Capitol to call on political leaders to implement better solutions to the jobs crisis. They came together to release their own recommendations in the form of a new report that details how soon-to-be-created Regional Economic Development Councils can be part of the solution.
Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential Blog, By Rick Karlin, June 14, 2011. The Capitol is overflowing with groups pushing their agendas today, from same sex marriage supporters to those seeking higher pay for farm workers, to SUNY students who have been rattling tin cups in symbolic protest against what they say is inadequate funding. Then there are the job seekers. Actually, labor-backed groups under the heading of ALIGN, or Alliance for a Greater New York who are wondering what’s happening with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to create regional development councils to coordinate economic growth, especially upstate.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Opinion Editorial by Candice Rubin, June 5, 2011. Residents of Monroe County are painfully aware of the impact of state budget cuts on our local economy. As leaders look at the local jobs crisis, they must take inventory of how our current efforts fail.