So here’s a weird thing. Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo barnstormed into Tupper Lake this week and no one in our region’s news media knew it was happening.
He then dropped by the campus of Sunmount Developmental Disabilities — Tupper’s biggest employer — and dropped this bit of sunshine.
“If I was a state worker and just a resident of the state, I would be afraid of what is coming ahead,” Cuomo said during the visit, according to WWNY television.
Even worse, Cuomo made the visit as part of a tour that included a visit to a former state facility in Fulton County that has become a state symbol for government waste. This from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Cuomo visited the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, a Fulton County state facility that hasn’t had students since the summer but can’t eliminate its workforce until January due to regulations about giving notice to unions on the closure.
The Enterprise’s comments section, responding to Jessica Collier’s story, is filled with gloomy, jittery comments like these.
The State jobs here are in serious jeopardy. Sunmount as we have known it, is soon to be on the hit list.
Sunmount will close,and Tupper will be a ghost town. It’ll be a little tourist town, like those on Rt. 9. Nothing wrong with it, just see the light folks, Tupper as we know it is coming to an end. Placid and SL will last longer-better tourist infrastructure. Sunmount is the next Camp Gabriels.
So what do you think? Was Cuomo bringing the kiss of death to Sunmount? Just dropping by to say hi? And why not engage with local media and public officials while in the neighborhood?
As always, your comments welcome.