Assembly speaker says it’s ‘outrageous’ to think Dems won’t think about Upstate

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a radio interview Tuesday pushed back against claims Democrats next year won’t address the needs of upstate New York.

“It is the most outrageous thing I think I’ve heard,” Heastie said in an interview with WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “I’ve toured this state, particularly upstate New York, every year that I’ve been the leader.”

Democrats will control both chambers of the Legislature next year for the first time in a decade. Heastie is from the Bronx and incoming Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is from Yonkers in Westchester County.

“Have no fear,” Heastie said, “we respect every single part of this state.”

He pointed to broad needs for New York as addressing concerns faced statewide including “good jobs, education, health care and great transportation.”

“All of those things will be looked at,” Heastie said. “Yes, a lot of things have to be done with the MTA, but we know there are transportation needs throughout the state.”

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