The interesting thing about this PILOT debate is how the developer used the locals to accomplish his ends.
Never once have I seen on TV or elsewhere a CEO of Big Wind asking for the assistance of the community. It was all done very quietly in the boardroom and not in the living room.
Even in the televised debate on PBS, those promoting the PILOT and other tax breaks were absent and Chairman Blankenbush was dispatched to carry the water for a developer receiving a couple of hundred million dollars in federal state and local subsidy.
The process was antiseptic...None of the messy stuff of asking for assistance.
We make people go through more to get food stamps.
Those who prevailed....Big Wind...their able attorney Mr. Burgdorf, Mr. Alexander...the unions....and others who donned the green T Shirts....never had to ask for us all to pay a little more in taxes....
Congratulations to the winners...And I am sure this battle will be joined again.
But as an old school type....I accept the results...salute smartly and move on...