Rita Joachim of West Haverstraw and Tom Ternquist of Montebello look over drawings of a minor league baseball stadium proposed to be built in Ramapo during a meeting of the Ramapo Town Board at town hall in Airmont.
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$25 million tax payer funded boon doggle. This is a pure disgrace. I would call for an investigation, top to bottom. I can in no way support this as it is ethically wrong on so many levels.
Let’s give this a chance first. If operated correctly, this could be a great use for the community…not just the 50-game season.
Forget the money, it’s a “Feel-Good” endeavor. And if ever there’s a need for a “Feel-Good” endeavor in this area, it’s NOW. There’ll always be money to be gotten, paid, made, transferred etc. Just keep the vending, operation, maitenance etc local and it’ll prove to be a benefit to the community, especially for our youth.
Well said Tom…remember, whomever owns the team is going to create partnerships in the community. As long as they look local for all their needs, this is a win. People can’t look at this as “just” a baseball field. I’ve seen other teams do Kid’s clinics, scout nights, non-profit nights, etc…and then 50 events with a baseball game being the backdrop.
Ball park would be a great assett to the community. Nothing is cheap, and I’m tired of hearing people scream about the pricetag of everything, yet our infrastucture continues to crumble. The key is keeping as much of the business local, as Tom says.
The problem is the local vendors will be hand picked by St. Lawrence. Non bloc vendors don’t stand a chance and you all know that. Cash is king in his book and pocket and we the tax payers are paying through the nose!
Well, looking back to the comments of 3/2010, we find ourselves in 6/2012 with a ball park that is virtually worthless.
A drain on the budget, police overtime is out of control, the loan is on track to be defaulted upon, the decibel levels in the residential neighborhoods are intolerable and our taxes are sky-rocketing off the planet. The Town and County are hovering above junk bond status. We cannot borrow a penny without it costing us a dime.
What genius would place a 3000 seat plus baseball stadium in a single family residential zone, craft a paper company to launder money through it, milk it dry, then leave the tax payers holding the $63 million dollar debt?
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