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Cuomo defends efforts to help upstate economy

Sep 02, 2015 6:40 am

Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential as a small coalition of upstaters says the region’s struggles have made secession necessary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate’s rise isn’t over yet. Speaking to reporters in Syracuse Tue., Sept. 1, Cuomo declined to directly address secessionists, who met in Chenango County this weekend, but he did defend his administration’s efforts to help upstate rebound after years of neglect. “We’re creating more jobs throughout the state than we’ve ever created before," he said. Cuomo did acknowledge that the Southern Tier still needs work. John Bergener Jr. of Divide New York State Caucus said last week that approximately two-thirds of secession supporters are looking for good-paying jobs upstate and are looking for better representation in Albany. On Tuesday, Cuomo did repeat comments he made recently about upstate lawmakers having a tough go of it in the Legislature because most legislators come from downstate. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential.