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McLoughlin: Bridge funds wait; drive to spend doesn’t

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Must we endure yet another summer without a pedestrian bridge connecting the north and south of Amsterdam over the Mohawk? Sadly, the answer is not “no.” In fact, the Thruway Authority says four summers may slip by before we can enjoy a leisurely afternoon back and forth on the span that critics still call “Paul Tonko’s Bridge to Nowhere,” (but what do they know?). Work on what some are calling a waste of $17.5 million ...

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June 24, 2011
6:10 a.m.

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Sadly, some folks (including public officials and politicians) mistakenly believe that money from the state and federal govts. rains down from heaven and seem to be unaware that it actually comes from tax payers pockets.

It is politicians like Paul Tonko, and their ridiculous earmarks such as this bridge that have put our state and country into their current fiscal crises.

June 24, 2011
2:40 p.m.

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The "if we don't take it, someone else will" (il)logic HAS TO GO. It's time some governments, not just Amsterdam, DID turn down the money and let someone else take it. If it was observed that they efficiently used money, and not wasted it, maybe they'd get more offers for help in cases where they really NEEDed it.

I won't single out Tonko -- almost every one of them on both sides of the aisle are to blame.