Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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September 26th, 2013

Resort Destinations Needed

In a few weeks the voters in New York will be voting on a proposition that can bring several resort destinations across our state.

Although we have seen little fanfare, we can expect the airwaves to be flooded pro and con of Proposition One leading up to Election Day. It is important we tell everyone we know to vote yes!

There will be a call to action rally to push for the passage of Resort Destinations in Sullivan County Tuesday October 1st at 5:30 PM at The Sullivan in Rock Hill and everyone is urged to attend.

In a perfect world, Proposition One should have initially been about the Catskill Mountains and our need to revitalize and grow our tourism industry with many resort destinations.

Sadly, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State legislature did not see that need, and our region can only get up to two resort destinations in the first round if Proposition One is passed.

Cuomo brilliantly used the resort destination measure to negotiate settlement agreements with Indian Tribes who have their own resort destinations in New York State. This is something no other governor was able to accomplish.

Unfortunately, under the proposition, areas that are not economically strapped like Saratoga will also become candidates for new resort destinations.

Sullivan County is on the critical list and even one resort destination will most certainly do something to assist in stimulating our economy. Hopefully we will get two in the initial round if the measure is approved.

It is beyond comprehension how anyone anywhere would be against approving resort destination compounds in New York State and especially in Sullivan County.

As I drive around and look at our magnificent landscape I continually reminisce about what was and what could be, and I’m sure you do too.

Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld recently captured in a much publicized breathtaking book about what was. She vividly portrayed the resort destination we once were – long before Las Vegas and Disney World. And, she left in our minds what could be.

Please watch this short video, and you too will understand what could be if we vote yes on Proposition One for resort destinations.

The Annual Sullivan County Democratic Committee Jeffersonian Dinner on October 27th will celebrate our past and what our future can once again become with Resort Destinations as its theme will be “Back to the Future” with entertainment reminiscent of our great resort era featuring comedian Stewie Stone. For tickets and further information email Donna Schick at

Last week I had a long conversation with former legislator Leni Binder who did a thesis on resort destinations and is literally an authority and walking encyclopedia on the subject matter. We spoke about the need to get Proposition One passed and how everyone must put their differences aside and work together to bring Sullivan County resort destinations.

Distracters claim that the wording of the proposition is unfair and will mislead voters because it states if approved it will benefit the economy, lower taxes, and aid education. Well – It happens to be true! Resort destinations will benefit our economy, lower taxes, and aid education.

In an interview this week with an upstate TV station Cuomo discussed Proposition One, and he spoke about his optimism that Proposition One will pass.

From Coumo’s Mouth to God’s Ears!

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself on National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in THE SULLIVAN COUNTY POST.

1 comment to Resort Destinations Needed

  • As a supplement to the fine work of Marisa Scheinfeld’s reminisces, one may wish to read “It happened in the Catskills” by Myrna and Harvey Frommer.
    Swan Lake, NY