As Upstate New Yorkers continue to struggle with the impact of the economic crisis, career politician Republican Jim Tedisco refuses to explain why he won’t support President Obama’s economic recovery plan. Mr. Tedisco has called the situation a “hypothetical,” but the relief the Upstate residents will receive from the package, which President Obama signed into law last week, is very real.
“There’s nothing hypothetical about it – we are in the middle of a real economic crisis and Upstate New York needs the real support provided by President Obama’s recovery plan,” said June O’Neill, New York State Democratic Committee Chair. “How can Upstate residents trust Jim Tedisco to represent their best interests in Washington when he refuses to answer this critical question?”
FACT: 1,700 Upstate New Yorkers lost their jobs between November and December 2008. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Release on Civilian Labor Force and Unemployment, 2/04/09]
FACT: The unemployment rate in Upstate New York rose from 5.78% to 6.67% between November and December 2008. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Release on Civilian Labor Force and Unemployment, 2/04/09]
FACT: Recovery Package Will Save or Create 76,100 Upstate New York Jobs
According to Christina Roemer, the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Jared Bernstein, the Chief Economist for the Vice President, the current Obama American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will save or create 76,100 jobs in Upstate New York.
The 20th Congressional District will benefit the most of any upstate New York congressional district from the recovery package. [Romer, Christina and Jared Bernstein. “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” January 9, 2009. Available at: http://otrans.3cdn.net/45593e8ecbd339d074_l3m6bt1te.pdf]
FACT: 20th District Local Governments “Shovel-Ready” for Recovery Projects
According to the Albany Times-Union, a number of areas across the 20th District local governments have already outlined the projects they will begin immediately upon passage of the Obama Recovery Plan and are “shovel-ready.”
These projects in the 20th District include:
$5.5 million in Saratoga County sewer line improvements.
$1.4 million for the Saratoga County Airport.
$684,000 for accessibility at Rensselaer County office, senior center buildings.
$1 million for emergency communications center for Rensselaer County.
$7.6 million in sewer pump station improvements, Rensselaer County. [Albany Times-Union, 2/7/09]
FACT: Capital Region Counties Will See $108 Million in Budget Relief to Hold Down Property Taxes
The Obama Recovery Plan will provide approximately $108 million in budget relief through Medicare to capital region counties over the next nine quarters.
This is money that can be used to hold down property taxes. [Senator Schumer Release, 2/12/09]