Visit could boost support for Spitzerís upstate plan

NORWICH Ė It might look like there arenít many local leaders officially endorsing Gov. Eliot Spitzerís $1 billion revitalization plan, according to a press release from the governorís office.

Thatís likely because Spitzer hasnít 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 Spitzerís upstate budget proposal, only two are from Chenango County Ė Town Supervisor James Bays (D-Smyrna) and Bob Granger, president of Eastern Energy Solutions, in Afton.

ďI think this list of supporters is accumulating as the governor makes his way around,Ē said Bays, who added his name at an event last week in Canastota. ďIt just happens he hasnít been in our area yet.Ē

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