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CDBG Projects: ‘Think Big Picture’

April 9, 2013

The city of Jamestown must re-examine how it uses its Community Development Block Grant and HOME program funding....

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Apr-10-13 7:17 AM

@IKE1952: I totally agree with you. Incentives and social welfare program will be the demise of the state and nation. Personal accountability, free trade and reliance upon core family values is what should set us apart. Not reliance upon the government to "provide for us".

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Apr-09-13 1:16 PM

Glad to hear that "Concerned Citizen" isn't just another example of someone chewing on a big bowl of sour grapes after being rejected for a job.

And, I have to agree with him that not all government programs do wonders for private development or the average tax payer.

Take for example the the former Empire Zone Program that gave big fat tax breaks to "deserving" businesses in "distressed" areas, usually at the expense of the rest of us.

It was a great day when NYS finally woke up and sacked this joke of a "program". Most of the zones were examples of waste, fraud, abuse or in the case of the Jamestown zone, just plain bad management.

Thanks "Concerned Citizen" for your thorough research and unbiased commentary!

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Apr-09-13 9:07 AM

@IKE1952. Actually neither. Just someone who knows how to do a little research of public information and tried of seeing the middle class get nothing but tax increases.

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Apr-09-13 9:05 AM

Is this Chinese money or your grandchildren's?

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Apr-09-13 8:42 AM

Good editorial PJ.

I'm sure that with money being so tight, this is being done. As I understand it however, everyone receiving this funding has to go through the same process of getting citizen input and weeding through all of the good, bad and self serving ideas. As you point out, this has to be a difficult process.

I guess, you can't make everyone happy.

"Concerned Citizen", with all of his detailed "inside baseball" knowledge sounds like either a disappointed candidate that didn't get selected for Mr. DeJoy's job or a disgruntled current or ex employee of the Development Department.

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Apr-09-13 6:01 AM

Excellent editorial. While all of the projects brought forth are worthwhile, all could be completed with private sector funds and local community group sponsorship. We need to get out of the mindset that CDBG is just a grab bag for projects that could be funded in other ways. The city also needs to recognize that they should no longer dip into CDBG funds for "pet projects" such as a new sound system for the ball park & the Reg theater, etc. Each expenditure of CDBG dollars should be leveraged with private sector funding with a greater devotion to projects that assist new business establish that will offer jobs to low-mod income residents. Use CDBG to lend a hand up instead of a hand-out. My guess when all is said the final plan will be the same as always. When we need to be creative in how to best use and leverage these funds will the city step up to the plate and be creative; looking at the bigger picture? Time will tell.

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Apr-09-13 4:49 AM

Amen! Good editorial.

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