The state has not had a northern governor for a century. New York City is so large that it gives lower-state politicians effective control of the state legislature.
Cuomo got it, and he loved explaining the dynamics of New York’s political divide to anyone upstate who would listen. And, of course, Cuomo also loved to brag about being the first governor in ages to make the upstate a priority.
“I hope we don’t go back to the days when we didn’t see state officials more than once or twice a year. I was there for that and it’s no fun,” he said. said Thomas A. Kucharski, President of Invest Buffalo. Niagara Economic Development and Marketing Group. “It shouldn’t be.”
Hochul will always have the northern interests of the state at heart. But as an interim governor serving the remainder of Cuomo’s term without her own electoral term – will she have the political clout to wrest enough money from the lower-state-controlled legislature for the money? continues to flow to the Buffalo Niagara region and upstate?
“The bigger question is whether the state will have enough money, but that’s not Kathy Hochul’s problem,” Gallagher said.
Hochul’s success will go a long way in determining the fate of those projects in which Cuomo has been heavily involved.