A recent Siena poll found that a majority of Upstate New Yorkers are convinced that our best economic times are behind us, and that future generations will have a less secure retirement and that job prospects will remain stagnant.

Almost 60% those polled said that they spend more time worrying about money than they did previously. Nearly 70% feel that a young person growing up in the region today has less opportunity for success than someone 25 years ago.

This is yet another reminder of how much more work we have to do in terms of improving the Upstate economy. A resurgence of the Upstate economy is not impossible – we just need leadership in Albany (and the willingness to make some tough decisions) in order to make happen.