This is today’s editorial in Times Herald-Record:
Politics has to go both ways
Politics is a one-way street in Ulster County.
When a well-connected political couple seeks a tax break for their business, they get it with no questions.
When the county tries to take away that taxpayer subsidy because the business never hired all of the workers it planned to, it’s a political vendetta.
There is no question that Skate Time 209, the business run by Terry Bernardo, the chairman of the county Legislature, and Len Bernardo, the chairman of the county Independence Party, who also ran for county executive, has hired nine workers, not the 37 that were part of the discussion at the time.
The original decision to give the Bernardos a break on their taxes did not tie the dollars to the jobs, so the couple was on the verge of suing to keep their good deal from going away.
The Ulster IDA backed down rather than to go court. In the future, it will make sure to ask the questions that did not get asked this time and to put all of the promises in writing.
All of this leaves Terry Bernardo wondering “… who do I see to get my reputation back?”
That’s easy. All she has to do is look in the mirror, then hire more workers or give up the tax break.
I’m not sure the Bernardos can claim credit for it, but here is a job for you: match the words above with the pictures below. There is no rush… as long as you do it before the November election.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco