Rome, NY Sucks

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Why Rome, NY Sucks

Coming up on the first anniversary of my blog and more than 2 years talking about Rome on the web, I thought I'd explain myself a little bit. A few years ago I was looking for some opinions on Rome that weren't the whitewashed cheerleading that the few people with money and power put out in the local media. Unfortunately, Rome and New York are the names of major world cities and causes a lot of problems in a Google search. Out of frustration, I typed in "Rome sucks" into the search engine.

What I got was an interesting site called that dealt with a crummy little speed trap in Ohio. New Rome was disbanded in 2004. My first site had just begun. I started a page on Geocities that didn't exactly set the world on fire. In January 2005, at what I might consider a low point, I started the page on blogger.

Some people might consider the name of my blog to be a little crude or possibly profane, but I thought it's the easiest way for a search engine user to find the other side of news about Rome. I might consider changing the name at some point, but the sentiment hasn't changed on my part. I can't find a job in Rome. Rome spends more on teachers than surrounding areas. Population is flowing out of the area while rich people build McMansions with Mayor Brown's new housing tax cut. Huge stores like Wal-Mart and Family Dollar get government deals while small businesses get screwed. And let's not forget former Rome mayor Griffo creating the highest sales tax in the state for Oneida County.

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  • At January 23, 2006 9:57 PM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    You failed to mention the sweetheart deal that the Oneida Nation is working toward. At least Wal-Mart and Family Dollar will eventually have to pay taxes.

    Most major employers will seek out community incentives in the form of tax abatements - and most communities don't have any problem offering incentives. Local governments want to help create jobs in their communities. They get reelected this way, generally.

  • At January 24, 2006 5:23 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    Wal-Mart should be paying taxes now. I wonder if they are. I didn't mention the casino because that was more of a state deal under the dark era of Cuomo.

    The problem with local government is that they think they can "create" jobs. It sounds better when they bring in a big box store that says they'll create 200 jobs then to cut property taxes and allow small businesses to stay or move in. Invariably, the big business didn't create as many jobs as they promised and other small companies left with their jobs and the owners who kept profits in the community.

  • At February 08, 2006 2:51 PM, Blogger Trying to leave Rome said…

    Your blog named "Rome NY Sucks" is perfect. That's what I typed in google to find you and that's exactly what Rome NY is. Don't change it.

    I haven't heard anybody mention yet that as a Rome NY property owner besides paying the highest percentage of worth in property taxes anywhere, you end up married to the gestapo codes office. Like a wife they call you and nag you until you'll pay the max just to get them to go away (temporarily). They always come back.

    This is the same city that allowed their "living bridge" to practically collapse before taking care of it. Now, it's the parking garage faling apart. And these structures are new! Why didn't codes nag about that? The City Engineer didn't get fired either.

    I cannot sell my apartment building for $30,000 yet the taxes are $7,000 per year. Isn't that a bit disproportionate? I spent 5 years working downstate in Westchester County where the cheapest house is $500,000. Guess what the total taxes are on a half million dollar home down there? 10 grand! That would be 50 grand here. Wonder why there are no 1/2 million dollar homes here? The stupid people here don't get it. The more you tax the more you ruin your taxable income.

    While I'm on a roll. It's is so remarkedly stupid to give property tax breaks to retail outlets. People are going to buy stuff anyway. No matter if it's WalMart, Applebee's or whatever. You didn't have to entice them. You only displaced workers and once again destroyed your tax base due to the vacant businesses that have been put out.

    Rome will never break out of it's own misery because the only way you can fix it is to drastically cut public spending on all levels. Well, seeing on how 80% of the citizens of Rome rely heavily on government checks, that will never fly. Did I mention the other 10% that have to find employment with the Soverign Nation of Tax Dodgers? (I have no beef with you who work there. The best of luck to you. If Revere were given the same tax breaks 30 years ago Rome would be bigger than Syracuse today.)

  • At May 25, 2006 10:23 PM, Blogger Leftblanc said…

    Delightful blog. I grew up in Rome but now live downstate.
    My advice: Leave. On the one hand, there would no longer be this hilarious blog there. On the other, you would probably be happier. I know I am. I don't even nobody anybody who is left there, apart from my parents, who are in the ground. I haven't been back in years.

  • At September 11, 2007 1:36 AM, Blogger Jeremy said…

    I just move to Rome, I am not imprested... I should have done my research before stepping in this big mud hole... I was just recently hired by Empire Aero this is the only reason I'm here, once that reason is gone so am I...
    There is a vicious cycle of poverty here. No jobs, high taxes to support those who don't have jobs, these taxes scare off business who have the job and an ever growing population of poor depressed people who want jobs...
    Sorry I didn't find your site sooner

    On another note walmart WILL fuck this town over… they have done this to many just like it… move in get a HUGE chuck of our money (which robes the schools and public services), shut down many local business and when it’s time to pay some back they move just outside of town to avoid Taxes leaving a huge ugly unusable building that will sit empty for years… worst part is the employees of walmart usually only work 30hr a week(no health benefits for them and the children) with the average employee making right under poverty level… with nowhere else to work in this town one can only be grateful. EVERTHING in walmart is made overseas farthing the insult to the American worker… (sorry about the tangent but it’s the truth)…

    Mine as well make the most of it…

    Thanks for the site I hope it will help change things.


  • At November 17, 2015 6:49 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I'm a resident of Rome, and my wife and I can't wait to move to Virginia in a few months. We refuse to live the one and only life God gave us here in Rome. We'd like to keep most of the money we work our butts off for!


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