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NewsChannel 13 asks Cuomo's office about erosion in upstate support

December 06, 2018 06:51 PM

When Governor Andrew Cuomo cruised to victory in last month's gubernatorial election, we noticed that his big win came, thanks primarily to support from downstate voters. It was actually the second time he had won without winning upstate.

In Cuomo's first election, he had great support statewide. In 2010, he did well in every region - with the exception of Western NY  - which was home for challenger Carl Palladino.

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Four years later in 2014 - the election map changed. All the upstate blue was gone.

It 2018 - a mostly red map.

NewsChannel 13 contacted the governor's press office to see if he would sit down with us to talk about the erosion of voter support upstate - assuming he might have some kind of plan for the next four years to turn things around and appeal to more than just downstate voters.

We reminded them of the criticism the governor received upstate for only agreeing to two debates - both of them downstate - which largely ignored other areas. We asked how, given the divisiveness we see nationwide, the governor might try to address this divisiveness in New York state.

We also mentioned that we were not interested in a list of upstate investments in recent years - as it clearly has not won the support of upstate voters.

NewsChannel 13 first sent that email on November 7. We sent it again November 9, November 15 -- and again on November 26.  That's when we finally got a reply from Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi. He said:

"The governor won nearly 3.5 million votes, the largest of every governor in history and won every population center in every corner of this great state."

"Focusing land instead of people, which is what is at the root of this inquiry, is misleading and divisive. You would have to go back to Dewitt Clinton to find a Governor more committed to upstate and that's not going to change."

That was more of an attack on our questions - than an answer to them. Azzopardi's response might lead you to believe the governor and his team perfectly happy with the 2018 map instead of the 2010 map.

NewsChannel 13 replied to Rich Azzopardi that we were disappointed in his response and that our questions remain - and our invitation to have the governor come speak with us -- which by the way got no response, is still open.

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Jerry Gretzinger

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