Concerned Citizens visited the Paterson administration's website mentioned in the Observer Dispatch article and we signed up to receive updates on the plans for spending the stimulus funds. That was yesterday...today we received our first update.
I'd like to share with you two developments taking place this week. On Monday, Governor Paterson announced nearly a dozen transportation projects that have been identified as eligible for federal funding. These projects, totaling $41 million of investments and creating more than 1,100 jobs, represent just the beginning of the work the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow our state to pursue. Tomorrow the Governor and I will be giving a public briefing to State leaders regarding the distribution of economic recovery funding. The meeting will be webcast and is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m...The Update goes on to further state:
The projects announced on Monday represent only a fraction of the shovel-ready projects already identified throughout the state and additional projects will be selected through the traditional federal, state and local processes...Wow...we can't wait to hear the rest of the list...
A clickable link on the update takes you to a press release and Governor Paterson is quoted as saying
“First, I want to reiterate my gratitude to the New York Congressional Delegation for their outstanding work in securing funding for these critical projects,” said Governor Paterson. “Clearly, there is a serious need in New York for federal infrastructure funding, and the projects announced today represent just a small number of the opportunities that will be funded with economic recovery dollars. This will be an open process with significant local input, and will create jobs across the State at a time when New York is facing widespread unemployment.”Critical? Resurfacing Commercial Drive from Oriskany Boulevard to Symeon’s restaurant?
According to the same press release:
State Senator Joseph A. Griffo said: “We quickly need to lay the groundwork for sustainable development that will lead to fixing the Upstate economy. Like some other New Yorkers, I don’t believe that the stimulus will cure what ails Upstate right now. If it starts with these small projects, then we need to put the shovel in the ground and continue to push forward.”Lay the groundwork for sustainable development? So Joe doesn't believe it will work, but what the Hell...spend...spend...spend! Amazing! Besides, remember if we don't spend the money, it will be used somewhere else and Joe's certainly got enough of his own "friends" he needs to take care of...wink...wink.
Read the entire update that we received here.