ABSENTEE GOVERNOR — Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi Jr., D-119, Utica, presents his own take on the state of the state this morning in Utica. He invited Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make the Mohawk Valley one of the stops on statewide tour where he is giving multiple state of the state addresses. The governor chose six locations, including Syracuse and Albany, but is not stopping locally. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Brindisi cites ‘Invisible Governor Syndrome’ in makeshift Utica event

Published Jan 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi Jr. claims fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is ducking Utica, and he made all the arrangements to help cure a case of what calls “Invisible Governor Syndrome” today.

The governor did not include Utica — or anywhere closer than Syracuse — on his six-city State of the State address tour. So Brindisi, D-119, Utica, who noted Gov. Cuomo has to pass Oneida County twice on that tour, made all the arrangements for a last-minute stop locally today. The governor is giving two of his addresses today: at 11 a.m. in Syracuse and 2 p.m. in Albany.

Brindisi unveiled a platform to help Gov. Cuomo feel at ease about coming to Utica. “We’ve got the chairs, the podium, and even the constituents,” Brindisi said. “Now we are just waiting on the Governor to show up.” He also outlined his 2017 priorities the state must help locals work toward.

Brindisi made his gesture this morning in Conference Rooms A and B of the State Office Building at 207 Genesee St. in Utica.

Brindisi expressed his dismay in recent days that the governor’s series of regional State of the State addresses does not include the Mohawk Valley region.

The governor’s most visible recent economic redevelopment plan for the area fell flat last month when it became public on Dec.18 that Austria-based ams AG had ended its involvement with the Marcy Nanocenter site at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. What was supposed to create 1,000 jobs now has no link to a potential tenant.

“The governor has not visited the Mohawk Valley in recent months,” Brindisi noted in announcing his event. “In light of the news that AMS will not be coming to the Marcy Nano Center site, it is important that we show unity and express our strong interest in having him visit the Mohawk Valley with his outline for the future at this crucial time..’

A presentation on the New York State budget and State of the State to be given by Commissioner RoAnn Destito Thursday in Rome has been postponed, state officials said this afternoon, adding a new date and time to be determined.