Gov. Cuomo: Let's invest up to another $50 million into the NYS Fairgrounds
TOWN OF GEDDES, N.Y. -- New York State has already invested $50 million to renovate the New York State Fairgrounds; On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would like to invest up to another $50 million for further improvements.
Governor Cuomo made the announcement while speaking from the Empire Room at the Fairgrounds. After praising the successes at the Fairgrounds in 2016, including record-breaking attendance of the New York State Fair, Governor Cuomo said its time to push forward and continue to improve.
Governor Cuomo said he would like to attract national exhibitions and conferences to the Fairgrounds, and is putting together a Fair Advisory Task Force to come up with a plan to do just that. The governor is asking that task force, which includes local leaders, to talk to people who work in the private sector to determine what it would take to make the Fairgrounds a "premiere" facility.
"How do we build that here at the Fair so the answer is 'Yes' and the answer is 'Syracuse,'" Governor Cuomo said.
The governor said he would be willing to recommend another $50 million in the state's budget for the right plan.
"We know it's gonna work because we've seen the success. So now it's our opportunity to take it to the next level," Governor Cuomo said.
The governor said he wants to announce the plan in his State of the State speech in January, which gives local leaders about eight weeks to come up with a plan.