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Dr. Gerald Benjamin

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH UPSTATE?

INTERVIEW WITH DR. GERALD BENJAMIN

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH UPSTATE?

HOMETOWN ONEONTA – After his address, “County Manager or County Executive?” in December 2017 at Springbrook, Gerry Benjamin, director of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center, discusses pleasures of local governance with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig.
Rocky spent, and eventually New York State became uncompetitive

It all began with a technological breakthrough – in Syracuse. Air conditioning. Air conditioning used to be very expensive. Installation as well as maintenance were something not everyone could afford. However today, according to Coolest Gadgets the best AC units won’t break the bank anymore.
Its development by General Electric in that central New York city opened the way for the industrial development of the South and Southwest, and the decline of the Mohawk Valley, which post-WWII was the most powerful and prosperous manufacturing corridor in the history of the world.
“We invented a technology that allowed industry to shift internally,” particularly in textiles, an irony noted by Gerry Benjamin, director of New Paltz’s Benjamin Center, formerly the Center for Local Government. He’s perhaps the wisest and most insightful observer of New York State government and politics, drawing on more than a half-century of involvement.
He was posed the question, What’s the matter with New York? Coincidentally, that very morning Amazon announced it was abandoning building its HQ2 in Long Island City, on the shores of the East River across from Manhattan, and taking 27,000 jobs, most in the $100,000 range and up, somewhere else.
Benjamin was rueful: “25 to 40,000 jobs are being declined downstate – while Upstate has no work. It’s a contextual fact.”

View ‘County Manager v. County Exec’ Presentation, Now Posted On Youtube

View ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

Presentation, Now Posted On YouTube

Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president/regional engagement, talks about how a Suffolk County executive ran on a plank of buying development rights in that quickly suburbanizing community; he won, then implemented the program. He was speaking this morning on the topic, “County Manager v. County Executive,” this morning at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center. Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, left, moderated the session, which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Otsego and Cooperstown chambers of commerce, and the AllOTSEGO newspapers, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 14

County Manager Or County Executive?

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PRESENTATION – 8 a.m. Gerald Benjamin presents “County manager or County Executive” followed by Q&A session with the leading figures from across our county’s political spectrum. Family Engagement Center, Springbrook, on Rt. 28, Milford Center. Call 607-547-6103 to RSVP or email ads@allotsego.com

PREVIEW PARTY – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, drinks, and a good browse through the creations of students and guests for the Holiday Marketplace. The Smithy Clay Studio, 1 Otsego Court, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8671 or visit www.smithyarts.org

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

“County Manager v. County Executive” will be held in Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), previewed Thursday’s presentation by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, “County Manager v. County Executive.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO WAMC REPORT
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