The Business Council of New York State has created a little stir by saying that Niagara County gets a failing grade in economic development. They based their "grade" on a review of the counties performance over the period of 1995-2005.
Now, that 10 year period covers both Republican and Democrat Majorities in the County Legislature. It covers a few different IDA heads and dozens of IDA board appointments. So if Niagara County gets a failing grade, it's the result of our collective ineptitude, but.............
Is there a person out there who does not believe the condition of Niagara County and all of Upstate is the direct result of failed policies out of Albany driven by downstate legislators? Issues like taxes, Medicaid reform, workers' comp, etc., etc. are holding us back, yet downstate, which isn't as cost-sensitive as upstate, has seen no urgency to reform these policies.
And isn't the Business Council of New York State supposed to be the leading advocacy group in Albany that is supposed to make the case for changes to improve the business climate.
So, if Albany is the reason for our problems, shouldn't the Business Council give itself an "F"?
Perhaps the Business Council should be looking in the mirror at their own failures and figuring out what they can do besides releasing worthless reports to improve things.