Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stop the flow of New Yorkers heading to other states.
Cuomo told reporters that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has reversed that trend and improved the local economic situation. As for those New Yorkers who have made more recent moves to Florida, the Carolinas or other states, Cuomo said their decisions were “climate based” or “based on personal reasons.”
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro blamed Cuomo and past state leaders for failing to solve upstate’s economic dilemma. He said that if elected governor in November he will propose a series of changes that he said would reduce property taxes by 30 percent.