As I began today's post, my first line was to be, "For the life of me I cannot understand what makes the Power Authority tick". As I was typing it out, I stopped as I came to the realization that I know exactly what makes the Power Authority tick. They don't care one iota about Western New York, other than the fact that the region is the Authority's, and subsequently the state's, cash cow.
The latest screwing of Western New York comes courtesy of NYPA's decision not to make 35 mw of low cost power available to Steel Development for a plant in Orleans County. This is on top of the unwillingness of the Power Authority to meet the power needs of both Wacker Chemie and Google, both of whom were looking to locate here in Western New York.
Between these three projects, thousands of temporary construction and permanent jobs would have been created. But because the Power Authority and it's spineless leader Richie Kessel refuse to assist our region, we get the short end of the stick again.
And where the hell are the unions? The same unions that support pieces of garbage like Francine DelMonte and Antoine Thompson as they allow thousands of construction jobs to slip through away from this community, are stunningly silent on this issue. How the hell can any union claiming to work for the betterment of its membership be sitting on their hands on this one? This is thousands of construction jobs that are not coming to our region because a state agency is raping our community and two of our state representatives are not only allowing it to happen, they're supporting it. What the hell is wrong with the unions in this community? Step up and do your damn jobs, even if it means taking a position that may be at odds with your sacred cows.
Federal elected representatives like Charles Schumer and Brian Higgins are calling out NYPA, but not a damn word out of DelMonte, Thompson or the unions. Goddamn cowards, all of you.