Governor Cuomo in town to talk economics

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Mohawk Valley today touring sites that were funded by last year's regional economic development council grants.

The tour began at Griffiss Institute, continued to the Griffiss Utilities Service Corporation Bioenergy plant, and concluded at SUNY IT. The idea was to see how the millions of dollars granted to the Mohawk valley last year was implemented.

"If this economy is running, if jobs are being created, it's the best thing I can do for County Executive Picente," said Governor Cuomo. "If he has jobs and a tax bas he will be ok, the mayors will be ok, we will be generating revenue"

After lunch, the Mohawk valley regional economic development council co-chairs will be presenting this year's plan to state judges in an attempt to win millions of dollars in grants to fund additional economic development projects.

Governor Cuomo said he was impressed with the progress in the area so far and wants to make the Mohawk valley internationally known for its nanotechnology capabilities.

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