During the State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “New York State is establishing itself as a national leader in homegrown clean energy innovation and investment“. Then he proposed that the NYS Budget includes $20 million to be earmarked for a competition to create “new clean energy projects in the Southern Tier”. Cuomo continued, “The competition will take advantage of the region’s abundant natural resources, a burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector, reliable research and tech-transfer capabilities, as well as business training and improvement programs already in place.” The action would be similar to Buffalo’s $5 million competition to create innovated Start-Up Companies in 2014, in which had almost 7,000 entries.
This proposal seems to be filling the economical-growth void created by banning hydraulic fracturing in New York State last December. At that time Governor Cuomo said, “I don’t think jobs should have to come at the cost of public health, and we can come up with an economic development strategy for the Southern Tier that develops the economy, produces jobs, but doesn’t put public health at risk.
Our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed has yet to comment on the Governor’s proposal. Reed has been promoting the Southern Tier’s viability of developing into a manufacturing region based on using natural gas. Reed has coined the phrase “Energy Revolution” and supports the “all-of-the-above energy strategy” which includes Green Technology. Will Reed praise Cuomo for his efforts to improve the upstate economy?
Rep. Reed has commented on his opinion of the State Of The State. The answer to my question–No, he does not praise Governor Cuomo for his efforts to improve the upstate economy! Read the entire tirade here.
Realizing that agriculture is critical to the New York State economy, the Governor is investing in Southern Tier farms. Cuomo is proposing $30 million for the preservation of farm land in Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, Broome and Chenango counties. Landowners will be offered a one time payment of $500 an acre if they sign an easement promising that the land will remind farm land for the next 25 years.
Upstate voters have not been kind to Governor Cuomo. The anti-Safe Act-ers, or the anti-hydrofrackers, or pro-hyfrofrackers all could justify reasons to vote against him. Cynics could say that he is playing politics and either trying to buy votes or (somehow) run for President in 2016 (or 2020 or 2024). Or he could be doing his job and trying to bring prosperity to the Empire State.