Sunday, February 21, 2010
A BRIGHT SHINING LIE
In an excellent story today Fred LeBrun in the TU points out the fallacy of NYC Parks position.
"Closure list is half the truth"
The entire plan is based on the premise that “$4 million in park and historic site fee increases that will be identified at a later date, and the use of $5 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Fund. ...”
Veteran Long Island Assemblyman Steve Englebrigh has already stated "Shifting the $5 million from capital to operational is a notion dead on arrival,"
So what does that mean? Parks goes to plan B,which is a longer list for closure and includes Grafton Lakes and Cherry Plain state parks and the Fort Crailo historic site, all in Rensselaer County, and Victoria Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park.
Basically we’re screwed. Carol Ash is planning to turn this whole thing around when it falls through and blame the legislature for failing to approve the transfer. Then in a move that would make Pontius Pilate proud, she will then wash her hands of the whole affair.
The irony in all of this is that the Victoria Pool is one of the few money makers for the Park system. Something Ash and her befuddled bureaucratic blood sucking buddies in Parks Management will do their best to hide. In the 69 days the pool was open last year in a rainy summer 16,108 paid to swim. This doesn’t include the guests from the Gideon Putnam Resort who swim under a different fee structure that Ash refuses to divulge.
12083 were adults at $8 bucks a head
4025 were children at $6 a head
$96,664 for adults
$32,200 for children
Quite the haul considering it’s only staffed by 2 $10 an hour aides and 2 $15 an hour life guards who also help clean.
So where does it go?
Into a bureaucratic kind of black hole that only the morons of State Government could think up called the State Parks Infrastructure Fund (SPIF).
So why would the state cut one of its few profitable attractions?
Pure spite on Ash’s part. She is pissed her budget is being cut and instead of making the best of a bad situation, she has purposely cut the very attractions that affect the most people, money maker or not.
You are part of the problem Ms Ash, your job is to serve the public not your fellow bureaucratic brain dead pieces of drift wood in Parks management.I notice you didn't propose to cut even one of their jobs, how many of them have ever been to a Sate Park? What about Park Police you idiot? Do we really need 24 hour coverage in Saratoga to patrol one road? Resign, you simply can’t or won’t come up with a realistic solution to the problem
HELL YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!!