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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!

Ding Dong...

the stadium is dead!

As I've written about previously here and here, the proposed public funding of the west side stadium is a massive scam to have the state (read: us) pay for a construction project that can't possible turn a profit in the future. If it's such a good deal, let private investors fund it!

And, good lord. The proponents of the stadium are still arguing that the stadium is the "key" to New York getting the Olympics. Earth to Pataki and Bloomberg: we're not getting the Olympics. Not with a stadium, not without one. The latest odds at Ladbrokes (a English gambling house that takes bets on all sorts of wierd things) will get you 33 to 1 if you bet on us getting the games. Let Pataki fund the stadium by winning that bet!

I've said it before - no New Yorker, and especially no upstater, can sanely be a proponent of this stadium.
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At 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

As an upstater, I am delighted that the stadium proposal is dead. Since Mayor Bloomberg seems to think that this is so key to the city, (and perhaps his personal success as mayor) maybe he should dip into his portfolio and fund it himself rather than expect tax payers to bear the cost burden.    



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