Bob Duffy, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and former Lt. Governor, is calling for the creation of a bipartisan Upstate Caucus in Albany.  We agree.

He is calling for a regional, Upstate-driven approach to some of the policy challenges that Upstate businesses and communities are facing. He cites the state’s recent minimum wage increase – which treats Upstate differently than New York City and its suburbs – as something that should be applied in other contexts as well.

If we want to improve the Upstate economy, we need lawmakers to think and act differently. Taking a regional approach that recognizes the unique circumstances of and challenges facing the Upstate economy would be a step in the right direction.