Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Councils are a different way to approach an age-old problem. How to effectively dole out state money to local projects.
Everybody in government who wants to spend money always first asks, "can we get a state grant ?" The Councils are supposed to weigh in on those questions before state agencies decide on spending priorities.
Deciding what projects are "regionally transformational" is the new mantra and that requires a different way of looking at things.
It still comes down to who gets the cash.
Watertown Daily Times | Flush with optimism — and cash — Regional Economic Development Council prowls for projects