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June 23, 2013

HOPKINS: Careful where you step around here

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — My bull-spit meter has been running on “tilt” recently. That’s not its actual name, but for a family publication it will suffice.

The reason my BS meter has been running so high is because of the continuing catastrophe that is called Albany and the lack of.

Does anyone else besides me think that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pact with the Seneca Nation of Indians was announced right after efforts to dissolve the Peace Bridge Authority were begun?

Hey, anything to divert attention from negative publicity, right? Cuomo and his Peace Bridge Authority Vice Chairman/yes-man Sam Hoyt aren’t thrilled with how the authority is being run, so not only are they taking their ball and going home, they’re trying to put a padlock on the gym doors, too.

So, how could they deflect the international attention? Easy. After years of staring down the Senecas, Gov. Cuomo decides to play nice and reach a deal that will supposedly send millions of dollars to Niagara Falls.

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Gov. Cuomo also rates high on the BS meter for his “Tax-Free New York” plan, which essentially allows new businesses (or businesses relocating from out-of-state) to align themselves with public and private colleges. In return, they don’t have to pay taxes for 10 years. Plus, their employees dont have to pay state income taxes for five years.

Existing businesses and their employees with no affiliation to these colleges, naturally, get the shaft. That’s right, the companies and the average Joes who have stayed in this corrupt New York state through thin and thinner receive a collective “up yours” from Cuomo, the New York State Senate and Assembly.

Just last week, Cuomo, recognizing that “Tax-Free New York” isn’t the best name for a program while duping the rest of us, decided to rename the program “Start-Up New York.” According to an Associated Press article, Cuomo said the name change is “more descriptive.”

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