President Obama visited Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton this week as he took a two-day swing through upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.


The President’s focus was on higher education – he visited the University at Buffalo and Binghamton University during the trip.  He used the tour to promote his plan to make college more affordable.  He spoke at the University at Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday.  On Friday, he participated in a town hall meeting at Binghamton University before finishing up with an event in Scranton, Pa.


Read the President’s speeches in Buffalo and in Syracuse.


In Binghamton, supporters and opponents of shale gas development lined the President’s route into Binghamton.


Pro-fracking groups of business leaders and many of the residents of the economically distressed Southern Tier held a rally at which they urged Cuomo to follow President Obama’s lead. The President supports shale gas development, which they say has created jobs and economic gains in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states.


I recently spoke out about how important natural gas can be for Upstate, the need for New York State to move forward with shale gas development.  The article is here.