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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

More stadium lies...

I am sick of this nonsense:
The U.S. Olympic Committee chairman warned the state's top lawmakers that New York will lose its chance to land the 2012 Summer Games if a plan for a Manhattan stadium is not approved, according to a letter released Friday.In the May 5 letter to the leaders of the two houses of the state Legislature, Peter Ueberroth said failure to approve the stadium "would grievously damage New York's Olympic bid and America's Olympic movement.
That is utter garbage. While it is quite true that we won't get the Olympics without the stadium, it is far from the case (as implied) that we will get the Olympics if we do build the stadium. In fact, most analyst don't even give us a 1-in-5 chance of getting the Olympics, and that's with the stadium.

I don't know what kind of pressure Pataki and Bloomberg are putting on Uberoth, but I hope Silver and Bruno can hold out until the Olympic vote onJuly 6. When we lose the Olympics, the stadium discussion will become much more reasonable, and opposition will grow from a majority to a preponderance.
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