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Analysis: Kathy Hochul could determine the fate of these 5 Buffalo projects

BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — For more than 10 years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made economic development in Buffalo Niagara a priority unlike any of his post-war predecessors.

But with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Buffalo native, poised to succeed Cuomo in two weeks as the embattled governor resigns, it’s not likely that Western New York – and much of upstate – will return to its old status as the troubled, yet often ignored, stepchild.

“She’s one of the biggest Western New York backers I know,” said Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “That will only accrue to our benefit.”

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