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March 18, 2010 - John D'Agostino
"What are we going to do about Long State Point Park?" was one of a number of questioned asked during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.
Unfortunately, the politically correct thing to say is to work to keep it open. The real answer, ultimately, is: what are its revenues? To this point, we do not know that. We only know the cost to keep the park open is $43,000. All three in attendance last week — Sen. Catharine Young, Assemblymen William Parment — seemed to agree we should find funds to keep the park open.
On the farm bill, Young said she will fight to keep that from passing. Parment has received plenty of criticism but maintains his support of the plan.
Pension costs were also discussed, but no solutions to why public workers should not be taxed on their pension was discussed.
Young also talked about her plans for jobs while Giglio may have had one of the funnier remarks when he talked about New York state already having too many laws.
In closing, we do mention there were few specific cuts mentioned by lawmakers when it came to cutting spending. However, Parment has called for cuts to the state Judiciary, which has been met by opposition from that group. Parment notes costs in this line have increased nearly 135 percent over 10 years.
He also is consistent in his "no" votes on the state budget. He has said no for years while Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson have been governor.
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