Niagara Gazette

Editorials

August 14, 2013

EDITORIAL: Getting priorities straight at NYPA

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette — The answer, quite obviously, is not enough.

This is troubling considering the whole purpose of having a power authority in the state of New York is to make sure the tremendous asset we have in low-cost electricity generated at plants like the one in Lewiston is distributed in such a way as to spur economic development, grow businesses and create high-paying jobs for residents.

It’s clear Western New York is not there yet, not by a longshot, even though it is home to the largest producer of low-cost hydropower in the entire state system. 

In fact, most businesses in our area, and governmental entities as well for that matter, have been forced to do less amid trying economic times in recent years. 

Is it too much to ask the individuals in charge of the power authority to do the same?

Indeed, didn’t we ask for much the same thing back in 2006 and again in 2011?

Do we really need to ask, once again, for authority executives to be more fiscally conservative moving forward? 

Sadly, the answer appears to be yes. 

For years, local officials and, more recently, federal lawmakers representing Western New York, have petitioned the authority in an effort to secure funds for economic development projects based largely on the argument that the entity, which rakes in billions in profits each year, has the resources and can afford it.

DiNapoli’s latest audit only serves to reinforce an already valid point.

It also reminds Western New York ratepayers of what they already know: When it comes to authority operations, it’s not so much a matter of resources as it is a matter of priorities.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page