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2 possible contenders for NY governor discuss state's future

Two political leaders from upstate New York who are seen as possible candidates for governor next year are weighing in on incumbent Andrew Cuomo, the upstate-downstate divide and the state's economic future.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 4:23 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 4:23 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two political leaders from upstate New York who are seen as possible candidates for governor next year are weighing in on incumbent Andrew Cuomo, the upstate-downstate divide and the state's economic future.

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Outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat, joined Deputy Senate Leader John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican, at a forum Monday in Albany.

Both Miner and DeFrancisco are considered possible challengers to Cuomo in 2018 though they didn't announce any formal decisions Monday.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has been mentioned as a possible White House contender but says he's seeking a third term.

Miner and DeFrancisco faulted Cuomo's upstate economic development strategy and said too many statewide leaders have prioritized New York City's needs over a statewide approach that benefits upstate and downstate.

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