New York State was once the home of icon industries. General Electric in Schenectady, IBM in Binghamton, Kodak in Rochester and Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo were once major employers. Today such enterprises are a mere shadow of their past glory, shell companies or virtually out of business. Bad decisions and inflexible adaptations certainly had much to do with their demise. However, persistent negative and adverse government policies from Albany and the NYS financial cabal in New York City has pushed and allowed the de-industrialization of Upstate economies. Even harder hit are small businesses who have struggled for several decades to simply survive.