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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:33 pm    Post subject: OUR CHRISTMAS WISH FOR GOVERNOR ELECT CUOMO
From Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:00 am to Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:59 am (included)
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Our Governor elect has stated that he will cut costs and make significant changes.

We can only hope that he starts with the Authorities.

Since these autonomous agencies were first created by Robert Moses back in the 1930ís as a way to circumvent local government they have been nothing but a cash cow for those involved.

Decades of mismanagement caused by executive ranks filled with unqualified employees who got their jobs solely based on their political connections have cost New York hundreds of billions of dollars.

And while no one seems to have any control of the authorities it is always the taxpayer that has to bail them out time and time again.

The PA, the MTA, the TBA the list goes on and on we have basically given them the authority to steal taxpayer money by not having any system of checks and balances in place to control them.

We couldnít even require the PA to rebuild Ground Zero according to NYC Building and Fire codes, but thatís another story.

Although we have very little faith in Albany this would be a great way to show that they are actually attempting to bring back at least a little fiscal responsibility.

But if they are going to do it they need to do it right.

There is currently no need for any of these Authorities and they should be disbanded altogether.

Like a cancer they have spread to areas far outside the scope of what they were created to handle.

Has anyone even asked why the Port Authority is in the real estate business and what did the World Trade Center ever have to do with the ports of NY and NJ?

It is time to shut them down and make all of the high paid executives get some real jobs.

And while we are at it the Mayor should do the same with the myriad of agencies that have been created at the city level that use the Authorities as their role models.

Agencies like the LMDC that spends over $4 million a year with little or nothing to show for it.

An agency that has spent nearly a billion dollars on the dismantling of a single building that still stands at Ground Zero.

This is where we need to begin and we have been calling for this for the past 9 years.

Time and time again they have proven that they are not able to handle the authority that was delegated to them.

It is time we took it back.


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