A grand stand
In the spirit of the upcoming Oscars and the recent Golden Globes, this category recognizes the best use of sarcasm during a governmental meeting.
And the award goes to … COMIDA chairwoman Theresa Mazzullo.
Her comment, reported in the RBJ Daily Edition last week, came as the industrial development agency prepared to vote on granting sales tax exemptions for proposed renovations at Xerox in Webster. The company looks to spend $4.3 million to upgrade and equip 20,000 square feet at Building 200 for a call center for its Affiliated Computer Services business.
Given the projections of 350 jobs being created and a community benefit of nearly $14.2 million, approval was a slam dunk. Still, a day before the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer threw the weight of his position behind it, urging the COMIDA gang to OK the incentives. His support did not escape notice.
"Now that we have Chuck Schumer’s support," Theresa said at the meeting, "we can absolutely go ahead with a final vote."
Undeterred or unaware, the senator’s office crowed about the achievement, pointing out that approval came one day after he had written to COMIDA to announce his support:
"COMIDA has stepped up to the plate and brought us even closer to landing hundreds of good-paying jobs for Monroe County. … I stand ready and willing to help Xerox make this exciting project … a reality."
Winners and losers
Some of the region’s notables again landed on the winners and losers list of City Hall website, cityhallnews.com, which focuses on New York City and Albany.
State Sen. James Alesi landed on the winners side for raising more money in the last six months than any of his Senate colleagues.
"His $455,000 haul was followed closely by those of the other three Republican senators who helped pass same-sex marriage last year," the site states. "Together they raised almost $1.6 million as deep-pocketed gay donors thanked them for their votes. It’s no guarantee against backlash in their districts, but it’s a nice cushion to fall back on."
For Jim, who appeared destined for other employment next year after the bad karma and publicity he generated with a lawsuit related to his injury suffered during a foray onto private property, coffers filled with cash could win him the comeback award in November.
Bob Duffy, however, landed on the loser side: "Not even the lieutenant governor, Rochester’s former mayor, could have prevented Eastman Kodak from declaring bankruptcy this week, but it’s still a sad time for Duffy and all residents of the Flower City. Add to that a report that Duffy is still using campaign cash to pay for his Albany apartment and to attend football games, and the picture of the LG’s week gets a little fuzzier."
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