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The Daily Gazette

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Most of us have grown up to believe that Humpty Dumpty was an egg. But recite the nursery rhyme in your head. Where in that entire 26-word poem does it say he’s an egg? It doesn’t. Our parents or teachers or someone during our childhood told us he was an egg, so we believe it.

That’s kind of what happened to the city of Schenectady and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development over admittedly more complex legal language contained in a recent federal loan application.

When the city applied for the $3 million loan under the Section 108 program, it believed it could use the money to demolish buildings contained on a list of properties it had already owned. But late in the process, some city officials apparently were led to believe by someone at HUD, reading the same set of regulations, that the city could only demolish properties it purchased after it received the loan. After HUD caught some grief for having ridiculous regulations, it double-checked and realized that there is no such language in its own regulations that says the city can’t use the loan to demolish properties it already owns.

All’s well that ends well, right?

Not exactly. The different interpretations of the HUD regulations could have cost the city tens of thousands of dollars unnecessarily by requiring it to purchase properties to demolish that would meet the loan’s guidelines.

The city also would have had to find money in its budget or elsewhere to demolish the remaining properties on its original list.

Even with a modest budget surplus, the city has other priorities besides demolishing properties.

If the federal regulations are so complex or confusing or poorly written that reasonable people with reasonable intelligence and legitimate law degrees couldn’t intepret the language the same way, then the problem that needs to be addressed isn’t the regulations, but the wording of them.


Via Charles Tiayon
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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:22 AM

Most of us have grown up to believe that Humpty Dumpty was an egg. But recite the nursery rhyme in your head. Where in that entire 26-word poem does it say he’s an egg? It doesn’t. Our parents or teachers or someone during our childhood told us he was an egg, so we believe it.

That’s kind of what happened to the city of Schenectady and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development over admittedly more complex legal language contained in a recent federal loan application.

When the city applied for the $3 million loan under the Section 108 program, it believed it could use the money to demolish buildings contained on a list of properties it had already owned. But late in the process, some city officials apparently were led to believe by someone at HUD, reading the same set of regulations, that the city could only demolish properties it purchased after it received the loan. After HUD caught some grief for having ridiculous regulations, it double-checked and realized that there is no such language in its own regulations that says the city can’t use the loan to demolish properties it already owns.

All’s well that ends well, right?

Not exactly. The different interpretations of the HUD regulations could have cost the city tens of thousands of dollars unnecessarily by requiring it to purchase properties to demolish that would meet the loan’s guidelines.

The city also would have had to find money in its budget or elsewhere to demolish the remaining properties on its original list.

Even with a modest budget surplus, the city has other priorities besides demolishing properties.

If the federal regulations are so complex or confusing or poorly written that reasonable people with reasonable intelligence and legitimate law degrees couldn’t intepret the language the same way, then the problem that needs to be addressed isn’t the regulations, but the wording of them.

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Schenectady witness says oval UFO moved low and slow over neighborhood

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Jay Street fest will feature local authors

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NY: Consultant: Changes needed at tech park | Schenectady Gazette

NY: Consultant: Changes needed at tech park | Schenectady Gazette | Historic Downtown New London, CT | Scoop.it

On paper, Saratoga County has no stake in whether the Luther Forest Technology Campus succeeds or fails.

 

But in reality, the financial struggles of the sprawling industrial park — home to a world-class operation in GlobalFoundries — are so important to the regional economic future that the county’s economic development strategic plan, released this week, devotes a whole section to it.

 

“LFTC’s current position as a struggling industrial park charging premium prices is neither competitive nor sustainable,” the plan straightforwardly states.

 

That’s what a lot of people who aren’t highly paid consultants have already decided. Other than the GlobalFoundries semiconductor factory, the enormous park in both Malta and Stillwater hasn’t attracted tenants very easily.

 

After only five years in operation, the park is basically bankrupt, despite the state, during the Pataki-Bruno years, sinking $100 million into its initial development. The Democratic administrations since 2007 have left the privately owned park largely to fend for itself. With no revenue coming in, last year the LFTC Economic Development Corp. cut its full-time staff.

 

There’s a potential deal under which Saratoga County would take ownership of the internal roads now owned and maintained by the town of Malta if some of Malta’s rules for the park are loosened. But the agreement hasn’t jelled.

 

Easing restrictions on the kinds of companies welcome at the park, and allowing the park to offer tax breaks to new tenants, would require Malta to change its zoning rules. New discussions will start soon between town officials and the campus economic development corporation, but nothing is certain.

 

Into the ongoing saga has come the county’s consultant, TIP Strategies of Austin, Texas, siding with those who say significant changes are needed.The firm — whose principal, Jon Roberts, has been a state business development director in both Oregon and Texas — has looked at successful parks across the country.

 

Competitive technology parks, it said, offer good sites and buildings, flexibility in leasing and a “positive reputation” — something the technology campus might have initially had but is losing.

 

TIP said successful tech parks generally can offer incentives such as low prices, special breaks on property taxes and “fast-track” municipal approvals. Luther Forest’s marketers can’t promise any of those things.

 

But TIP Strategies has concluded that vision is unlikely to become reality — and simply having more than a thousand acres of remote land to offer for development isn’t enough anymore.

 

The current trend, according to TIP, is toward high-tech companies landing in research parks affiliated with universities, or at least closer to university centers than Luther Forest.

 

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Citizen Preparedness Corps training session set Saturday in Schenectady - Schenectady Gazette

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Schenectady man gets prison term for secret bathroom video recording

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