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Maggie Brooks on Sequester Costs

May 15, 2013|

Maggie Brooks, our county executive, talks about what the Sequester is costing the government, and your tax dollars. The Sequester takes money from airports and air-travels, forcing air-traffic controllers to work shorter weeks, and airline projects

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Maggie Brooks is our county executive she is the first one to choose the elected to three terms new correct yeah. This is her her final term and you would think so by definition that's lame duck yes but she's the current lame duck. She's down in Washington and she's talking about your dollars and things. The sequester is actually affecting government jobs and what they were duel was. They were -- lowing trap air traffic controllers. That means word you'll get unpaid leave your -- ago curator for new week it's okay so it's a shorter we have yet. And they decide what that was awards and so they needed to bring money back there becomes a shell game so where's the money. Not going to -- not going to projects that are needed and required at places like the greater Rochester international airport. Now which is under. County control and the so that money gets moved around. So that means jobs are gonna happen and some of these upgrades that are needed are required by the FAA so somebody's got to pay and eventually it's going to be you. And your county executive. Was to your down to Washington DC to talk about that -- -- correct make -- -- absolutely yeah and how so what are things stand what is it exactly maybe -- surmise that he can everything that's happening in and why you mean district. Well you know you do that you just explained it very well. You know it is kind of a shell game because of sequester. On congress have to make some tough decisions about cuts. And they have to get money. To avoid. For allowing workers they had to find money somewhere else to verdicts. Got to -- it because they took money out of our airport improvement. Find time in what that is if the pot of money -- discretionary money that is applied to each and every year to airports around the country. And that's the money we used to. Do you runway enhancement to safety project a lot of things that are. And did quite honestly by the FAA we have ten projects worth about fifteen million dollars. That will not happen. Because the money will go away 70% of the funding. That we -- allocated to these projects is going to go away. So what's the biggest project a won't be taking care do you -- is an issue well. Think the biggest project is we have one runways that if anything should happen when an airplane land that they go off the runway there's this substance called he learned. Yeah it's kind of like a -- and catches the plane at this stage malignant. And we asked do you apply that to one of our runways it will not happen. It's -- safety hazard is something that is of great concern to -- him the other thing that could potentially impact. If we've been asked to put together a plan. By the -- say NA. That would on the show them how we would operate our airport without air traffic controllers. On during the. Overnight 23 go yeah. I'm not sure about you don't know mrs. I don't know I wouldn't mind you I'll be on a plane -- landing in the middle of a nice thought McCain -- kind of weather conditions without controller in the tower on go to the kind national -- -- Okay yeah the main -- in my plane when it goes on the runway and yeah somebody watching this thing as it takes a lot of times over the air traffic controllers what they'll do is you won't come on the ground in Rochester which have like Cleveland or dale -- -- off to them to Europe and here. But here you're underneath the Rochester into your then Cleveland takes over there and alma mine as you know I stuck in the on the ground -- here's my question I will day. Try to make them be able to talk to on the ground or is that him geez I frankly was not like seven cities yet and -- -- that -- I don't know if that's the same talking about doing Maggie. Well I I think what they're talking about doing is just leaving some of the towers -- -- can do it now it's small airport -- Seattle. But you know what we're not a small airports -- and we have one runway in particular that is unique to our airport. I don't know whether airport in the stating that this is allowed planes to land in very severe weather. On -- because they can get loaded the ground but they need controllers to help guide them and if we can't do that. -- could potentially be diverted to new Yorker Albany go to the only other airport that a car can accommodate. Flight during severe weather like that well itself. You know there's a lot of concern and and listen we got a great reception yesterday from our representatives they get it. They're hip they're tied in some ways to sequester is what it is -- you know the horse is out of the -- Kind of hard to put it back and but now they're being unintended consequences. Some of the decisions. -- -- this decision to not furlough controllers well intentioned we don't want people who lose their job. But having said that you gotta get the money from somewhere and so this is what happens we won't be able to do these projects. A lot of them are safety and and if we do have to do a project because of the state -- requirement. We're gonna have to go to the airlines it's split airline for the airport and say look you guys we need to fill the void. You can -- that you would actually get -- -- place. -- executive Maggie Brooks talking about kind of the trickle down effect -- this the sequester that that is a concern -- is going to be concern for everybody because they've done a great job of of bringing new carriers to Rochester one being a southwest and -- what happens if you want when these prices start to go up on certain airline carriers -- I need to take on my daily. I'll drive maybe the ninety miles to Buffalo's Buffalo's face the same thing I don't know court's request is sounds like everybody's in the same boat so that in an alien. They -- eight years -- -- could -- be split but here's the but the question becomes then is there more airlines. Flying into something that might be slightly bigger than no -- and zero cent a bigger pull the pull from -- the money and does it make it cheaper does that become a concern as well. For you and the airport. Yeah we we worked the past decade to bring the number of people flying out of buffalo to single digits. Used to be over 20% of our passengers here would go to buffalo while we don't like that we want them here. At the Kennedy. And it felt really take a step backward in that regard the blue links that is a concern us. And you know what I will do it shout out to on senator Schumer we were able to thank him personally because. We've philosophy AirTran methods that are airport we lost some flights to Atlanta -- and so delta. Has picked up in his promised larger airplanes -- -- they will now be be nonstop direct provider to Atlanta for Rochester -- So really I mean Dennis Hillary united -- purpose is it's -- Theory I think teachers and our rights. Are. Everybody in Illinois or Atlanta is a -- that's a huge airport that you get to a lot of places as I was thrown that we you know -- -- -- and a -- gone well it's. An interesting time for sure Maggie and and one where you know I said that as -- coming on. We call it it's called the Wayne died they're saying about Obama it's your last one and I can't because of the laws -- serve again in this capacity but that doesn't mean you've stopped and I think it's important for one for people to see. And and Nobel. Well you know like I mean. And there's no question you know I'm on the side of the aisle that they're smaller government I understand cuts. But even in the challenged economy even in the face the -- we have to continue to invest in critical infrastructure our airport. It -- critical infrastructure and -- you know we needed just. Tell our representatives that were not quite happy with it. Right Maggie Brooks -- executive. Thank you I let us thank you for fighting for everybody all right thanks already there you're welcome are about the issues. I I was gonna ask next and I do think that they would be comfortable with a -- -- you know she she ran. For congress granted and didn't win -- -- And you know what what is the potential down the road. Russia -- -- -- shutout I would think I would think and I do wonder sometimes she's got a free time is this is sort of a political movie you know I'll say this. When it comes to like you you hear a lot. From guys like Rush Limbaugh little say you know Obama lame duck and lame duck claim that he's very lame duck committee doesn't care -- is please don't. When somebody has political aspirations to continue on maybe not in their current position but it's higher -- anymore. No work hard create -- -- Lott insists -- hostility user against him the F this relationship Catherine yes exactly and as she mentioned. Senator Schumer and I always laughed as -- is -- you know. They guy is a nonstop machine but boy he's done a lot of good stuff. Just stay right -- -- they had spoken mayor's side that just shows there clearly there's racism for Hickey -- club things. I mean he is such an upon go to Wall Street there's some things though that he's done for New York State that I go on -- -- ten. And I -- trust them. If you want to thank you -- to never issue permits is so confident you -- hang on Maggie. Louise can live for rep for Russia this is the you know this -- art of politics. We'll take a break phone numbers 2226000. Cortex a 99404. We are the break room on 965 WC MS.



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