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Vantage Point: A familiar face steps in as N.Y. governor

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New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul had a hand in the revitalization of Downtown Oneonta.

As chair of the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils, then-Lt. Gov. Hochul oversaw the work of all 10 councils, including the $10 million award to the city of Oneonta for items including store front renovations, signage upgrades and marketing.

Speaking earlier this year on my WIOX radio program, Hochul said, “We allocated the $10 million based on a plan put forth by the community. We rely on the local government leaders to form a committee of residents, business owners, and other stake holders. They propose the ideas.”

Some critics complain sprucing up Main Street is moving forward at a snail's pace. Hochul said she understands the criticism, but, “These projects do take a long time. Some were delayed because of the pandemic.”

And Hochul added, the state money, “It is not a substitute for private investment.”

Hochul has been giving hints as to how she may govern now that she occupies the Governor’s Mansion. Since the COVID........

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