Is New York winning or is New York losing? That’s the fundamental question Rob Astorino is asking all New Yorkers.
If we are winning, there is no need for change. If we are losing, why are we allowing that to continue?
The fact is that New York ranks 50th among states in high taxes; 50th among states in business attractiveness, and #1 in chasing families away to other states. Under no metric is New York winning in the competition for jobs and economic growth. Indeed, it is losing badly. The once mighty Empire State is contracting.
In just the first few months of 2014, 11 New York businesses have announced plans to close down their plants or shutter their operations and move out of New York, taking thousands of good-paying jobs with them. *
Precision Valve & Automation (Colonie, Albany County)
First Niagara Bank (Syracuse, Onondaga County)
Premier Lakewood Inc., aluminum die-casting, (Lakewood, Chataqua County)
Burton Snowboards (Feura Bush, Albany County).
Penguin Random House (Kirkwood, Broome County)
Norwich Aero Products (Norwich, Chenango County)
EveryWare Global (Sherrill, Oneida County)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Suffern, Rockland County)
Alcoa (Massena, St. Lawrence County)
Adecco (Melville, Suffolk County)
ConAgra (Fredonia and Dunkirk, Chautauqua County)
Rob Astorino believes that New Yorkers are inherently winners. Our families came here because it was the place one could succeed with hard work and ingenuity. Those abilities can transform this state again, but only when New York government begins functioning responsibly and stops chasing away jobs. The managed decline we are experiencing under the Cuomo Administration is unacceptable.
* Please note: This list only includes businesses that have shut down operations in New York in 2014 and doesn’t include closures prior to 2014 or companies that have simply cut jobs but still maintain some form of presence in the state.