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What?! Democracy in New York?!

I don't know if I'd vote for her or not, but I'm happy to read that Rep. Carolyn Maloney intends to challenge  Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Hillary Clinton.

No knock against Gillibrand. I just think voters ought to have a choice. Unlike, say, Chuck Schumer and the Obama crowd, who have been working to avoid a Democratic primary.

I understand, there's that magical 60 votes in the Senate to consider. Then again, there's that quaint notion that voters have a choice when they go to the polls.

I know that's not in vogue here in New York, where incumbents in the state Legislature win re-election 98 percent of the time. But given that Gillibrand has never run in a Democratic primary for her Senate seat, much less a general election, what's wrong with Democratic voters test driving her?

As for Maloney, I interviewed her this winter when she passed through to meet the locals when Hillary's seat was up for grabs. I wasn't particularly impressed, but then again, I don't know how Gillibrand would have struck me, either. (Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know there's not many pols I'm impressed with.)

Speaking of Schumer, I see where he showed up the other day for a press conference (what a surprise!) in which Yahoo! made it official - it's coming to Lockport. Schumer declared that with Yahoo! here, the high tech world will beat a path to our door. That's not what the experts I've spoken to have said.

Data centers usually don’t act as a catalyst to other high-tech development, however, said Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology Innovation Foundation, a technology policy think tank in Washington, D. C.

“They tend to be relative stand-alone entities,” he said. “They don’t generally have a lot of spinoff.”

The whole scene involving Yahoo!'s announcement underscores to me what economic development in this town is really about - ribbon cuttings and press conferences. But hey, what do you want for a measly subsidy of $810,000 per job?


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