Democrat Cynthia Nixon made her first stop in Syracuse since she initially launched her campaign to run for governor. At the Southwest Community Center, Nixon met with a group of community members to talk about issues concerning the residents in the area.
Nixon explained that she’s spent a lot of time getting to know the Syracuse area and that she has plans to do things differently to help Central New York if she’s elected governor. During recent visits, Nixon has taken in different aspects of the city by attending a Syracuse basketball game, visiting the Erie Canal Museum, and seeing a production at Syracuse Stage.
“Our interactions are much deeper because people know that I’m running for Governor and so people know that they have a chance to talk to me about their lives and the things that they would like the next governor to do,” explained Nixon.
According to Nixon, the group she met with was honest about issues like access to affordable housing for all residents as well as education topics. One of Nixon’s main priorities would be to focus on reorganizing the state’s economic development program in order to give more power to local residents, as economic development is a large concern in the area. Nixon told residents that as governor, she would listen to the concerns the communities have and give them a chance to participate in important projects.
Being from New York City, one of the top five worst cities for parking in the country, Nixon is not unfamiliar with the problems Upstate New York is facing. She explained that the issues Syracuse residents are facing are seen all across the state, which has been a main point throughout her campaign.
Nixon explained she is hopeful that she can attract voters from more rural, conservative parts of Upstate New York, including those areas that primarily voted for Trump in the 2016 election. She believes this past presidential election brought to light the need and want for both political and economic changes.
“People really see the divide between rich and poor, and in New York state we are the single most unequal state,” Nixon said. “I think we need a governor who is going to acknowledge that and who is going to address it.