Ensuring a bond between downstate and upstate New York

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.- New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie toured the Bombardier plant Tuesday with local Assemblyman Billy Jones.

The visit marks the speaker’s third visit in three years. He says making sure there is a bond between upstate and downstate is of utmost importance.

“The only difference is the miles in between, and you have a little more extreme weather in the winter,” said Heastie, D- The Bronx.

Bombardier, a Canadian-based aerospace and transportation company, employs more than 600 in Plattsburgh. Workers assemble and test rail cars. A large portion of it’s products end up on rail systems in and around the Big Apple.

“We are growing in the us and there is a lot of opportunity for us in bombardier, Plattsburgh will remain our lead site,” said David Van der Wee, Bombardier chief operating officer.

Lawmakers in Albany recently approved a congestion pricing plan for New York City. It’s a tolling system for vehicles going in and out of Manhatten via seven of the 20 bridges and tunnels leading onto the island.

“We hope we’ll raise around a billion dollars a year so that we can float bonds to build more trains,” said Heastie.

Jones says he’s asked all the time: Why should people in the north country be worried about what goes on in New York City?

“It’s very simple. We manufacture stuff right here in Plattsburgh and the north country. That relates to jobs and the economy,” he said.

After the tour at Bombardier, Heastie joined Jones at Clare & Carl’s Hot Dog Stand for a michigan.

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