Niagara Gazette — •••
BRAGGING RIGHTS? While it's true that the nation's jobless rate has been declining over the past year, Gov. Cuomo can hardly claim any progress at resolving that problem in the Empire State.
In fact, according to the federal household survey of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by August (the latest figures available) New York's rate has reached 9.1 percent from 8.2 percent when Cuomo was sworn into office
The hardest hit area appears to be the Bronx where the jobless rate is nearly 14 percent. In Orleans County, the vanishing manufacturing jobs and government payrolls have forced the unemployment to more than 11 percent.
As you might expect, the governor's staff isn't about to accept those figures. Instead, they contend the situation has improved across the state,with a job growth of 1.4 percent in the 12-month span.
Incidentally, if there's any doubt about Cuomo's long-term career plans, check out the governor's schedule in the final weeks of the presidential campaign. He is committed to visiting several state on behalf of President Obama's re-election drive.That obviously contradicts Cuomo's earlier pledge "to stay away from national politics" to avoid having his out-of-state trips interpreted as a run for higher office.
PARTING SHOT: Two customers leaving a popular Lewiston restaurant were chatting on how the business had obviously dropped off.
"How come there's nobody in that place?" one customer said. His friend replied, "Maybe it's because they let the bartender go."
MONEY TALK: Overheard in Player's Lounge, Niagara Street: "That Judge Judy on TV makes more than $45 million a year! Only Alex Rodriguez gets more to sit on the bench!" — an irate New York Yankees fan.