By Harrison Grubb CNY (Via Spectrum News)

Several points of discussion and proposals during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State are set to impact upstate communities.

Governor Cuomo during his address touted the economic development of Upstate New York, pointing to job growth and reduced unemployment rates.

“It’s hard not to appreciate the governor’s passion,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

The governor also touched upon several project proposals in Central New York, including the establishment of a Skydome at Griffiss International Airport and an education and workforce training center in Syracuse.

“The governor’s plan to invest $9 million to establish a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) experimentation and testing facility at Griffiss International Airport will help boost our local economy, opening up new opportunities for our families and ensuring we’re at the forefront of this burgeoning industry,” said Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

There was also the point of stressing a response to climate change, especially as areas across Upstate have seen catastrophic floods.

“We’re having a hearing about the flooding issue in rural New York in a couple of weeks because I chair the commission on rural resources, so this issue of flooding in our rural towns is really a big deal,” said Senator Rachel May.

“Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 agenda looks more like damage control after a year of ineffective one-party rule than it does a blueprint for future success,” said Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay. “These are not proposals of promise, but rather a misguided mishmash of ideas that fails to confront the real issues we face and the reasons people are leaving New York in droves.”

Local Republican lawmakers are also blasting the governor over the state’s bail reform law.

Lawmakers hope to see continued economic growth across upstate New York.

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