Visit could boost support for Spitzer’s upstate plan

NORWICH – It might look like there aren’t many local leaders officially endorsing Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s $1 billion revitalization plan, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

That’s likely because Spitzer hasn’t been to Chenango County yet, one supervisor, and supporter, pointed out, and not necessarily a reflection on where people here stand on his initiative.

Based on a list released last week, of more than 500 upstate business, labor, education, agriculture and religious representatives that are openly lending support to Spitzer’s upstate budget proposal, only two are from Chenango County – Town Supervisor James Bays (D-Smyrna) and Bob Granger, president of Eastern Energy Solutions, in Afton.

“I think this list of supporters is accumulating as the governor makes his way around,” said Bays, who added his name at an event last week in Canastota. “It just happens he hasn’t been in our area yet.”

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