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What Local Leaders Want to Accomplish as NYS Legislative Session Gets Underway

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The New York State Legislative session began on Wednesday and local representatives struck a common refrain when talking about their priorities this year - boosting the local economy.

Representative Donna Lupardo was sworn in for her 6th term, while State Senator Tom Libous began his 14th term. Lupardo says she wants to see our area get a boost in infrastructure spending while Libous says he wants the state to start steering jobs to our area, as it has done for Buffalo.

"I told the Governor that it's time we start moving people toward the Southern Tier area. When they get job tips and opportunities and companies that want to either start up or grow I want them to come to the Southern Tier first," said Libous.
"We have a $5 billion bank settlement that we're looking to invest in infrastructure. I think we're going to be able to make a very strong case for the Southern Tier. I'm already hearing the Governor is open to creating a fund for Upstate cities like ours and areas like the Southern Tier," said Lupardo.

Democrats in the Assembly re-elected Sheldon Silver as Speaker while Republicans in the Senate announced they will not share control with the Independent Democratic conference, as they had in the previous session.