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Dutkowsky questions $10m grants to rehab aging downtowns in the NYT

Donald DutkowskyDonald Dutkowsky, professor of economics, spoke with the New York Times for the piece: "For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift." On the distribution of grants to other small cities in New York state, Dutkowsky noted: “I always regarded Glens Falls as a healthy small city and Westbury--I have stayed there, and I don’t remember seeing much of any empty storefronts."

“The thing to understand is this is window dressing,” he added. “This is kind of like touch-up paint for the downtown. But these are all cities that are O.K. economically relative to New York State standards, and so they don’t need a major heart transplant.”