Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a three-stop tour through western New York on Wednesday, touting the release of millions of dollars to cities as part of the end of a long-standing dispute over casinos revenues with the Seneca Nation of Indians.
Unsurprisingly, the mayors of the three cities — Paul Dyster of Niagara Falls, Byron Brown of Buffalo and Carmen Vecchiarella of Salamanca — all had high praise for Cuomo before he spoke.
Somewhat more surprisingly, they all said the same thing.
Footage from Gannett’s WGRZ-TV shows the three mayors reading from what appears to be the same prepared remarks at the three separate events, praising Cuomo for his commitment to the western portion of the state.
“When Governor Cuomo took office, he made a pledge to western New York that the state of New York recognized our problems and our region needed special attention after decades of decline,” each of the mayors said separately at their respective events.
The Wall Street Journal last year examined the Cuomo administration’s habit of writing prepared remarks read by local officials introducing the governor at events across the state.
Cuomo bristled when he was asked Wednesday why he held three separate events to make similar announcements. (The Buffalo News took a look at Cuomo’s frequent trips to the Buffalo area in Thursday’s edition.)
“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 it’s really not up to you,” he said to WGRZ’s Dave McKinley.
(AP Photo / Derek Gee, The Buffalo News)
Here’s the WGRZ report: