The purpose of the tour is to visit cities throughout Upstate New York, while the governor and his cabinet members go to meetings with local organizations, and on tours in the community, then report back at the end of the day with what they’ve learned.
Commissioners from the state health, housing, labor, transportation, and other departments, visited areas like Foodlink, housing developments in the Marketview Heights neighborhood, the I-Square development in Irondequoit, and the Wegmans supermarket in Pittsford.
Representatives from the Regional Economic Council and the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative were also scheduled to provide updates to the governor.
In addition, the governor also announced an additional $6 million in state funds to support the city’s anti-poverty efforts, as well as $12 million for a new gaming and media facility at RIT, and $600,000 for affordable housing in the area.
But, the governor said the day was more about forming relationships with local officials and area agencies, rather than solving all the city’s problems in only one day.
“Today was not about coming and solving problems on the spot,” Cuomo said during a forum at the end of the day. “It’s about building the relationships. There will be 41 projects that we’ll be following up on in the coming weeks.”