There's a natural hesitancy not to take on a program like Start Up New York.....Nobody wants to be against jobs, and as Alcoa and Climax showed, there is a lot of pressure on pols to be seen doing something.
Even though Climax failed for the usual reasons, I read lots of comments here shouting out the names of elected officials and asking why they didn't do something.
Start Up is the current state initiative and I've been in meetings where the participants rolled their eyes at the details and protocols but concluded that is the current game and a locality doesn't want to be singled out by the people in Albany who keep score. Locally a college like JCC has been on the spot to implement a program not understood or really supported.
It's the Governor's brain child after all.
So now, media accounts like this one suggest it's mostly nonsense and results dubious.
But with 'jobs,jobs,jobs" the mantra from sea to shining sea, doing something is seen as better than letting market forces call the shots.
The commercials are slick though.