September 27, 2007

AES To Announce Expansion Plans

Jill Terreri has a piece (URL below) on a $25 million expansion that AES is planning. This is certainly welcome news in a county that's desperate for any measurable economic investment. It certainly makes those who said the PILOT will be a catalyst for future development look good, though I doubt it will sway the opinion of those against the PILOT.

It will be interesting to see how this announcement is welcomed by Somerset officials and if it will impact in any meaningful way this November's elections. My initial reaction is that those who have blind hatred for AES will find ways to poke at this announcement. I hope I'm wrong.

http://www.niagara-gazette.com/local/gnnlocalnews_story_269184017.html

15 comments:

Caveman said...

I don't really care about AES and this PILOT, but I am surprised that AES is making this announcement. I think you're dead on about those who've supported the PILOT being vindicated. Could it sway the Somserset elections? I think it could, but Sweeney will have a tough time losing with two major lines.

Rich said...

Agreed - this is great news for Niagara County. The PILOT naysayers fail to realize the County, Town and School are guaranteed $192 million over the next 12 years. Hopefully, they have a plan for that windfall!

Best of luck to AES as they advance this development.

Becky said...

My guess is Leffler goes negative today on his show dedicated to AES. Controversy sells and attracts the fringe. No way Leffler can say anything positive concerning the AES investment and job creation. He gets his talking points from bender, larock and the rest of the hogs that have milked AES for the past 25 years. Just another citizen against virtually everything

caveman said...

It's official - Dicky Green does not drug test his employees

Mr. Pink said...

I generally get where Scott is coming from even if I don't agree, but I thought today's show was way off the mark.

Why is a $25 million investment bad? Why shold the county appeal and waste more tax dollars?

I think Scott takes more radical positions on the air because it does make for better listening.

Scott Leffler said...

Pink et al.,

At no point did I say a $25 M investment was bad. I just question the timing of the announcement. They just coincidentally picked the same day for the legislature appeal vote? And knowing that the legislature was already leaning towards not appealing (according to Chairman Burmaster), it makes it look like AES is trying to provide political cover for the majority.

A business will do what's in its own best interest and I don't fault them for that. Never faulted AES asking for the PILOT. I faulted the IDA for giving it to them. But now it looks like AES is getting directly involved in politics.

No one else sees this but me?

Larry S said...

Ya know what, Scott, according to you and the other conspiracy theorists, NO time would be a good time. You could always tie it to some date and some motivation.

My God, embrace something positive for ONCE.

The agitator said...

Everything is political, intentional or not, at this time of year.

Consider that Rivera views the McNulty and Updegrove seats as the two best opportunities to pick up seats and those are the two people who got the most attention (and none of it positive) on Leff's show today.

It appears all sides have their talking points going.

Scott Leffler said...

Since you haven't given context, Agitator, I'll do it.

My point was that McNulty got the job as legislator cause she shared the legislature's goal of saving money. That was according to Updegrove. But since then, have they saved money? Or spent it?

That was, BTW, the only time I mentioned McNulty. Updegrove was mentioned more often cause he chairs the economic development committee. If he wants me to talk about him less, maybe he should do NOTHING like Keith McNall does.

There have been several posts suggesting that I get "talking points" from Rivera, Bender, Steve LaRock, Ed Shoemaker and more. Maybe that's how some of YOU get your ideas for posts. I'm happy to be able to think for myself.

For the record, I've NEVER talked to Ed Shoemaker. I've spoken to Steve LaRock only once since I stopped working for GNN. I've never in my life asked Dan Rivera what position I should take on an issue (think Mount View). And while I like Merrill Bender and consider him a smart guy, I've never asked for his help either.

So keep trying to make me look bad. I stand by my theory. You can all ignore the idea if you wish.

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see ... or are asked not to.

Of course, as usual, those who sign in have intelligent polite conversation. And those whose names are in black lob bombs. How proud your parents must be.

North Carolina said...

this string is another example of everything wrong with WNY - the "just say no" mentality of the few poisoning the well. If community leaders don't stand up and say yes to development projects, people will continue to flee. According to recent reports, 13 people are leaving the area per day.

Good luck to AES and thanks for keeping the lights on for my folks that still live in the cesspool named niagara county.

Anonymous said...

As much as reading Carolina pisses me off, he does have a point. Think about this debate: it's really about those who think the PILOT is an equitable way to treat AES versus those who think they got a sweet deal.

Really, we are all overtaxed, including AES. People will say they are a big corporation so they can pay more but they are also only one of the few producing wealth.

But rather than focus on the issues that hold us back, we fight like Mike Vick pitbulls over the last few remaining scraps. And those who are losing this fight, the ones who are slipping further behind in this community are angry and bitter and rightly so.

cg466 said...

My guess is Leffler goes negative today on his show dedicated to AES. Controversy sells and attracts the fringe. No way Leffler can say anything positive concerning the AES investment and job creation. He gets his talking points from bender, larock and the rest of the hogs that have milked AES for the past 25 years. Just another citizen against virtually everything

Becky,tell me again how this is going to benifit any one in Niagara County? Its my $30.00 they stole.

cg466 said...

Anonymous said...
As much as reading Carolina pisses me off, he does have a point.

Speaken like a true Public sector employee. Again tell me whats in this deal for me?

Pat said...

Think about it next time you come home and go for the light switch...Just keeping the lights on - another one of your entitlements.

Renae said...

Scott:

Dennis Virtuoso called and he has your talking points for the show today.