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Cuomo brings big money, big plans to the North Country

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town armed with big money and a big plan.

"What I was telling my colleagues and friends when we had the first conversation, that I was willing to do my part, my fair share," said Cuomo, D-New York.

Cuomo said New York State will invest $35 million over a five-year period in a partnership with Clarkson University and Trudeau Institute to grow the research and development of medical sciences in the North Country.

"It's one of the great creative centers, so I'm very excited about this arrangement. It's gonna work economically, I think it's gonna work for the North Country," Cuomo said.

Along with investing in biotechnology, Cuomo also announced another $12 million will go to repairing Whiteface Mountain Veteran's Memorial Highway, a scenic highway that's been slowly crumbling over the years and has become dangerous for drivers.

"The highway is an important part of New York. It's a safety concern first, it's a tourism concern and then it's a veterans memorial and we want to respect the veterans memorial," Cuomo said.

Local officials are excited about what the money mean to the region.

"When we're finished, we will have a North Country that is stronger and better protected for years to come. Betty and I have said this many times before and I'm sure we'll say it again, that the North Country has no better friend than our governor," said Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury.

Even more state money may be on its way to the North Country for further economic development. Governor Cuomo will make that decision in December.

The renovation of Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake is one of the projects to be decided this winter.

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