“Hollywood involves Onondaga,” Gov. Cuomo declared again in 2015. “Who would ever have guessed?”
Properly, nobody besides Cuomo and his minions — they usually “guessed” improper.
Hollywood by no means did come to the Syracuse-space movie-manufacturing complicated constructed with $15 million in taxpayer funds. Certainly, the Central New York Movie Hub has been nearly empty because it opened; the promised 350 jobs by no means materialized.
And now almost $1 million in unpaid lease has it dealing with eviction from Cor Improvement, the agency that gained the state contract to construct it. In the meantime, two Cor execs face federal fees for allegedly bribing Cuomo aides to get such contracts.
It was a silly concept from the beginning — however apparently nobody round Cuomo had the center to make him see it, whilst others in his circle profited from the boondoggle.
Nothing about it ever made sense. Why attempt to create a movie business the place none ever existed — within the worst attainable location, extensively described as “the center of nowhere”?
What film expertise would need to go there? (Aside from Harvey Weinstein on the lookout for a spot to cover.)
The hub opened with no gear and no regionally obtainable pool of freelance film professionals — forcing any producer to import technical employees at monumental expense.
Its anchor tenant was a small begin-up agency headed by an inexperienced former police detective. Solely a few low-price range movies ever acquired made there — and the state kicked in forty % of their prices.
Typical Cuomo, in different phrases: A grandiose pie-in-the-sky announcement that ends in catastrophe when actuality crashes to earth — leaving taxpayers caught with the tab.
And it explains why upstate stays in such dire straits regardless of the billions Cuomo has thrown at “financial improvement.”
The $750 million Photo voltaic Metropolis plant in Buffalo has solely a skeleton crew working and little hope of higher, since Staff Trump is ending Obama-period photo voltaic subsidies. The gov’s StartUp NY has spent over $650 million to supply simply 1,000 jobs. And his new casinos are already seeing income shortfalls.
Cuomo is massive on imaginative and prescient, guarantees and public investments. Too dangerous he comes up brief with regards to widespread sense.