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Empty rail cars generate revenue, hurt no one

Empty rail cars generate revenue, hurt no one

Cuomo making unnecessary headlines
Empty rail cars generate revenue, hurt no one
Empty train cars from the Midwest are stored on unused tracks in the Adirondacks near Minerva on Oct. 25, 2017.
Photographer: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

Re Dec. 27 article, “Oil tank cars to be withdrawn from Adirondacks”: Our grandstanding governor apparently is ignoring the fact that this rail line to Tahawus has been active since at least 1941, when the railroad hauled ore from the mines for U.S. government interests.

Iowa Pacific Holdings, which runs the ongoing tourist attraction Saratoga and North Creek Railway, is losing money on that operation and has the approvals to generate rental income from these stored rail cars to offset the losses. 

The cars are empty and have been cleaned. They just sit there earning revenue for a locally operated business. Almost nobody sees them and certainly nobody hears them. So now Gov. Cuomo, for the sake of media headlines, is going to torpedo a legitimate state business survival effort.

If he is really concerned about attracting business to New York, he could replace the revenue about to be lost from the rail car storage with state funds. Lord knows the state has thrown billions at other present and potential concerns to entice them to stay in or relocate to New York. But that makes too much sense, I guess. Is it any wonder that New York state is considered a hard place in which to do business?

Phil Arony


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