By Alex Howard (twitter:@alexhoward99).

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo has always been a staunch supporter of New York Governor Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Plan, and today she spoke at the Endicott Rotary Luncheon about the Southern Tier's Chances of winning the $500 Million. The Southern Tier is one of 7 Upstate Economic Zones competing for the money, and three of them will be awarded the grants in December.

"One fourth of the plan has to do with revitalizing Johnson city, Endicott and Binghamton with a variety of initiatives, some based with Binghamton University, some based with coming with new small business initiatives and jobs. Our goal is to bring back a certain optimism to the southern tier and we're trying to put people to work." said Donna Lupardo.