now old news that a German company called Wacker Chemie Ag had
narrowed its search down to five candidates, including Niagara Falls,
for a $620 million facility that would employ 1,000 people. Thatís
1,000 jobs in our desperate area, and they wouldnít have been jobs
selling fishing lures or dealing blackjack. They would have been
decent jobs. Probably jobs with health benefits and retirement packages.
So what did our business development leaders and politicians do?
They fucked it up. The company sent a letter saying theyíve lost
interest. Apparently, we couldnít deliver the goods. Poof.
What is particularly infuriating about this massive
snafu is that nobody knows what happened. The only thing we do know
is that the people who were responsible for enticing the company
to locate here were Thomas A. Kucharski, president of Buffalo Niagara
Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Partnership President Andrew J. Rudnick,
Gov. George E. Pataki and Empire State Development, Patakiís economic
The problem was identified, after the Niagara Falls
was scratched off the list, as an inability to provide low cost
power. Get that? They couldnít get enough low cost power in Niagara
Falls. They wanted 70 megawatts and could only get 30 or so. No
one has made clear what that means, or how much it would have cost.
We guess it wasnít important enough to ask about.
None of our politicians even knew about the potential
deal. Too busy trying to get reelected, no doubt. Neither our Senators
Clinton and Schumer nor our Congressional representatives Reynolds,
Slaughter and Higgins had a clue. They were all in the dark until
they read about it in the news.
The one thing thatís clear is that this was a major
screw up. Most working people know that if you screw up this badly,
you get fired. That doesnít happen to the people that we are relying
on for leadership. We canít fire politicians, but even parasites
like Kucharski and Rudnick appear immune from responsibility. Heads
should roll, but they wonít. Weíre sure many would like to see a
lifeless, mustachioed head tumble by. We feel better just thinking
1. Higgins injured blowing self
3. Air America comes to town