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Gov.’s economic plan for WNY being unveiled

AMHERST — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to kick-start western New York’s economy was to be presented Tuesday at a public forum in suburban Buffalo.

The local regional development council set up this past summer by Cuomo was unveiling its first draft of a strategic plan at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in Amherst.

Cuomo’s plan to revive the stagnant upstate economy includes the creation of regional economic development councils that will compete for $1 billion in state tax breaks and aid for construction and infrastructure.

The forum was webcasted to other sites around western New York including community colleges in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Niagara counties and Alfred University in Allegany County.