To The Editor:
At a recent roundtable meeting with Congressman John Katko I asked him why the Inland Port proposed by the Port Authority of Oswego was going to Onondaga County.
I made reference to the fact that Oswego County has an unemployment rate of 6.7% the highest in the state and Onondaga County has an unemployment rate of only 4.8% with those two factors in mind why would we bypass all of Oswego County.
I also made mention of the fact that Oswego County is in the top 10 in categories no county wants to be in.
I also brought up the point about the money being spent to enhance the Port Authority and how the construction jobs are nice but are only like a 5 hour energy drink. (They feel good for a while but they end just as fast as they start). We need generational jobs here in Oswego County.
Congressman Katko gave a very political answer. It’s regional economic development we need. I agree to a point.
If a part of your region is economically depressed I would think you would look to improve that part first.
One of the Congressman’s aides talked to me and let me know that the proposed site was not a given. He asked me to present my proposal to the Congressman to review.
I am working on finding out what we have to do to make the inland port happen here in Oswego County, hopefully here just outside of Fulton.
I will not accept NO for an answer.
Frank Castiglia Jr. Oswego County Legislator 25th District