In State of the State, Cuomo Promises Help for North Country

Published 01/08 2014 10:48PM

Updated 01/08 2014 11:06PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed help for the North Country.

Cuomo laid out his plan for the region as part of his 4th "State of the State" address Wednesday.

"The North Country was long ignored by Albany," says Cuomo.

But Cuomo says there have been big signs of improvement from a new hotel in Saranac Lake to Bombardier's factory in Plattsburgh.
The governor says he wants to create more jobs there.

"Let's go to the upstate manufacturers because we need manufacturers in Upstate New York and let's cut the corporate tax rate in Upstate New York to zero all across Upstate New York," says Cuomo.

Cuomo also focused on a proposed road dubbed the "Rooftop Highway" that would link Watertown and Champlain.

"In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel time and speed up commerce.  Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and let's see if we can make this project happen," says Cuomo.

Cuomo also promised the North Country would benefit from boosts in tourism and more investment in education.

The address was greeted with applause by republican State Senator Betty Little.
"I came away from the speech feeling very optimistic about some very good things we can do this year and this session by working together," says Little.

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