Niagara Gazette — If the average visitor made as many return trips to the Niagara area as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Cataract City’s tourist industry would flourish the year round.
His most recent appearance was anticipated after the city lawmakers approved —with Councilman Robert Anderson Jr. providing the vital third vote — the plan to move forward on the $25 million project proposed by Buffalo developer Mark Hamister.
But what about all those other trips upstate, perhaps a dozen or more in the past four months. In contrast, one scorecard shows that he hasn’t had a single public event in New York City since July 1. A spokesperson for the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership said that starting in June the governor made six trips to the Queen City where he held eight events.
It seems like only yesterday that Cuomo was in Lockport, offering state assistance to homeowners whose properties were damaged by the heavy rains and flooding. And he might have set a modern-day record in late July when he made three stops in a single day in Western New York to receive the money owed to local governments, including the City of Niagara Falls, by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The governor was obviously irked when an abrasive television reporter asked him if it was necessary to host the same event three times, with taxpayers footing the expense. Cuomo shot back: “It’s my job to represent the people of Niagara Falls and to represent the people of Buffalo and Salamanca. And it’s nice of you to say the people of Salamanca don’t need to see the governor, or the people of Buffalo don’t need to see the governor, but that’s not really up to you.”
Insiders also say he intentionally stayed away from New York City to avoid any questions or comments on the scandal-ridden atmosphere in the Big Apple, especially in the mayoral and controller races there.