ALBANY -- Among the many Albany traditions is this one: if you think you have a good idea keep on announcing it.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the past week is more than living up to that tradition. By the end of today, he will have announced his plan to offer tax-free zones for businesses on public and private campus properties 10 times since last Wednesday.
On Tuesday at the Capitol -- marking the third time he has publicly pushed the idea in Albany since last week -- Cuomo characterized his proposal as "the greatest cause for hope'' for the upstate economy.
Today, local officials and business executives can expect the same rhetorical flourishes when the governor takes his plan on the road to Plattsburgh, Binghamton, Batavia and Utica. He began the tour, complete with his usual PowerPoint visuals, last Wednesday with stops in Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse.
With each event, there is seemingly some new tidbit unveiled about the proposal, which serves to highlight how the idea is still evolving in unresolved talks with legislative leaders. No actual legislation has been introduced. In discussing how some private colleges will be eligible to offer the tax-free zones for businesses to locate, Cuomo said on Tuesday at the Capitol that only those private institutions north of Westchester County will be able to participate. Besides all the state public campuses, Cuomo also says 20 state sites will be eligible; he has not identified them.
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