The results of a scientific study are in, and they tell us pretty much what we already know: that New York City’s parasitic relationship with the upstate regions and Delaware County in particular is killing the host. Read on:
DELHI _ The results of a $250,000 study to determine the effects of New York City’s land-acquisition program were presented at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday.
The analysis predicts job losses and negative economic and tax consequences in Delaware County, and it offered recommendations for county action. At least one of those _ greater partnership with the city _ brought disagreement from two supervisors, while another supervisor said the study’s suggestions should be implemented.
Downeast Group Development Consulting prepared the study. Its president, Greg Brown, said the report analyzed the economic profile of Delaware County and the impact of NYC’s proposed $300 million land-acquisition program.
Delaware County commissioned the analysis to prepare for the State Environmental Quality Review of the land program. The proposed purchases could leave the city in control of up to 50 percent of watershed land.
Brown said the study found the economic effects, if the program were undertaken, include the loss of natural-resource-based industries, an impact on future growth potential and an artificial increase in land values.
Also, he said, local wage owners would be priced out of the land market, and there would a higher probability of NYC tax assessment challenges, a shift of the tax burden to other landowners and a shift in community character.
The report projects a potential loss of about 460 jobs in agriculture, forestry and bluestone mining.
Downeast’s report concludes with recommendations, including strengthening the partnership with NYC and developing a Smart Growth Comprehensive Development Plan for the county.
Of course, the most appalling thing about this is that it took a $250,000 study to tell us the obvious. You can drive all over Delaware County and see the negative impacts the City’s insatiable and selfish thirst for water and hunger for land have produced. Poverty, despair and misery follow wherever New York City goes.
I hate the City. It despise its arrogance, its greed and its overweening ambition. New York City was ground zero for the worst terrorist attack in history, and it’s now ground zero for the worst financial meltdown in history. It either attracts hate or causes misery. New York would be best off seceding from the city and leaving it to fend for itself.
If we can’t do that, we should at least increase property taxes on so-called “second homes” so we can begin to reclaim some of what is rightfully ours. We should charge the city a use fee for every gallon of water that NYC gets from the Watershed counties as a result of its land-grabbing. NYC has gotten away with this parasitism for far too long, and it’s time to pay up. Maybe if upstate counties band together and stand against NYC, it’ll think again about building a filtration and desalination plant.
Or maybe it won’t. NYC has a long and sordid history of bullying and whiny-ass me-first-ism. It’s the biggest and whiniest baby on the planet.