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Cuomo touts need for upstate ridesharing in Albany speech

January 11, 2017 06:23 PM

ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo wants ridesharing to come upstate. It was a major topic at the University at Albany, the last stop on his marathon State of the State tour.

The governor praised ridesharing’s ability to create jobs, keep people safe and boost tourism.

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Speaking of jobs, Cuomo touted the 7.9 million private sector jobs that he says are the largest the state has had in its history.

Keeping with the tourism theme, the governor announced several projects to help bring more people to the Empire State. He says the shining jewel in his plans is a trail to connect New York City to the North Country and Buffalo to Albany. Cuomo said the trail could be an "international magnet" to bring people here, with apps that point out food and lodging along the way. It would cost around $200 million.

Another big issue was improving transportation hubs in the state. While Cuomo spent a lot of time discussing big upgrades to airports in Plattsburgh and New York City, he also said he wants to invest $15 million to build a new Schenectady train station.

Touching on the recent water woes caused by toxic chemicals in some upstate communities, the governor announced a plan to invest $2 million to make sure everyone has clean water.

He also reaffirmed his plan to make state colleges, like the very one he was speaking at, free for families that make $125,000 or less a year.

Finally, he announced a 10-step proposal aimed at stopping public corruption, including term limits, new campaign finance reforms, and closing LLC loopholes.

Cuomo summed everything up with the state’s motto, "Excelsior," saying "We’re going to take this state even higher!"

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Ben Gorenstein

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