Opinion roundup: Bank switch, FAA
Today in “Bank sale good news for the region,” the Editorial Board looks at the planned $1 billion sale of 195 HSBC bank branches to First Niagara, including nine Rockland, four Westchester and two Putnam branches. Gov. Cuomo sounded optimistic in his comments, as did local business leaders here. Business Council of Westchester President Marsha Gordon told the Editorial Board:
They still need tellers, relationship managers … they are looking to maintain good talent. I see it as a positive that they’re here and that they want to grow their market here.
In other opinions, the FAA funding standoff continued to draw plenty of attention, including:
A New York Daily News editorial, “Congress flies away home and leaves badly needed FAA projects grounded,” calls Congress “miserable” for splitting from Washington after the debt-ceiling tug-of-war without funding the Federal Aviation Administration, which is now on Day 13 of furloughed workers, stalled construction projects and taxes on tickets going uncollected by the federal government and instead pocketed by the airlines. (The New York Times weighed in yesterday, with its editorial, “The F.A.A., after the Republicans,” which details the standoff over rules that make it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize. The Albany Times Union also weighs in. Its editorial, “Another impasse grounds the FAA,” sums up the funding flap this way:
Tens of thousands of people are out of work over Republicans’ refusal to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, part of the GOP’s war on unions. This hard-line ideology is irresponsible.