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$120K Stimulus Used To Print Pamphlet

From the Syracuse (New York) Post-Standard:

An early-morning bicyclist at Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool

$120,000 in federal stimulus money for Onondaga Lake cleanup to be used to print pamphlet

by Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard Washington Bureau

Sunday May 31, 2009

It was supposed to be a federal stimulus project that would create jobs in Central New York, rebuild local infrastructure and help clean up Onondaga Lake.

The $120,000 in economic stimulus money set aside for Onondaga Lake will "improve the quality of life for residents in the area," U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said last month.

At the same time, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., predicted the lake project "will create jobs across the region and promote long-term economic growth."

It turns out none of it was true — except for the amount of taxpayer money involved.

The $120,000 will not rebuild infrastructure. It will not build anything. It won’t even clean up a single drop of the polluted lake.

The money — included in the $4.6 billion in federal stimulus funds headed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — will pay to print a pamphlet about the lake cleanup, Army Corps officials say. Even then, the "State of the Lake" report won’t be completely new, according to Lynn Greer, the Onondaga Lake outreach coordinator for the Buffalo District of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The federal money will pay to update and reprint a 16-page color pamphlet from 2001, which updated the original version published in 1992.

When asked about the announcement by New York’s two U.S. senators referring to a job-creating infrastructure project, Greer said, "That’s not completely accurate."

Greer said the money was never intended for infrastructure, and it was set aside for a budget that includes Army Corps of Engineers studies and investigations.

No contract has been awarded, Greer said. But she said the Army Corps will likely give the job to the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board in Syracuse.

"It’s very premature at this point," said Kathy Bertuch, an environmental program manager at the board. "Right now there is no contract, and there is no plan."

The original report in 1992 was produced by the Onondaga Lake Management Conference, a partnership of local, state and federal agencies overseeing the cleanup. It cost $14,140.90 to produce less than 15,000 copies, records show.

The updated report in 2001 cost $13,684.74 to produce 15,000 copies.

Greer, of the Army Corps of Engineers, said any money left from the $120,000 set aside for the next printing would be used to help complete a PAAS — Progress Assessment and Action Strategy for Onondaga Lake.

The PAAS is a study that looks at what has been promised for the cleanup, what has been accomplished and what items still need to be addressed in the future, Greer said.

The PAAS has already started with previously allocated funding, Greer said.

Greer said she did not know why Schumer and Gillibrand issued a joint statement describing the $120,000 stimulus grant as an infrastructure project.

Max Young, a spokesman for Schumer in Washington, D.C., could not explain the disagreement.

"We get our information from the White House," Young said. "They send us stimulus announcements and ask us to put the information out."

A White House spokeswoman referred an inquiry from The Post-Standard to Vice President Joe Biden’s office. The vice president has been overseeing the $787 billion federal stimulus program signed into law earlier this year.

The vice president’s office had not responded to requests for comment.

Biden and President Barack Obama have repeatedly stated that they will not tolerate waste in the stimulus program.

The president warned in February that he will hold officials at all levels of government accountable for how they spend the money.

"If a federal agency proposes a project that will waste that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it and put a stop to it," Obama said.

Alas, there are undoubtedly thousands of similar untold stories across the nation about taxpayer money being squandered in the name of ‘stimulus.’

And the real spending hasn’t even begun.

(Thanks to Sen for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “$120K Stimulus Used To Print Pamphlet”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    $120K can buy a lot of Stimulus, eh Mr Schumer? Talk about waste ……But this is just the beginning of what will turn out to be bigger than the Wells Fargo heist.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”$120K can buy a lot of Stimulus, eh Mr Schumer?…..”

      Well, just ask Elliot Spitzer, L D.

  2. proreason says:


    I have some printer-ready projects just begging for some stimulus money!!!

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Could someone also explain to me how in a 9 year period – the cost went down by $466. yet in the next 8 years it somehow went up $106,316?

    Oh yeah I forgot, it’s Bush’s fault.

    What a pack of lying, thieving, thugs.

    Impeach ’em all and let’s just start over.

    • proreason says:

      Good question mama, and I don’t know the answer for sure.

      But when I googled the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, it proves to be a government agency.

      Somehow I have a funny feeling that has something to do with the 8x increase in cost during a time period when the cpi increased by about 25%.

  4. catie says:


  5. U NO HOO says:

    An isolated incident, I’m sure.

  6. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just referenced this article.

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