SARANAC LAKE - The leading Republican candidate for Governor of New York made a trip to the North Country last week to meet with supporters in the area and hopefully lock up his bid for GOP endorsement.
Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio stopped in Saranac Lake April 22 to meet with constituents and discuss the upcoming gubernatorial elections.
The former Long Island Congressman munched on pancakes at the Blue Moon Caf while addressing the problems he said are forcing New Yorkers to leave the state they love.
"People say they're embarrassed to be from New York - I'm not embarrassed to say I'm from New York," Lazio said. "I often say this: I think we've got the most entrepreneurial, hardest working, most dedicated, the greatest, most candid and toughest people in America, and the worst state government in the country."
Lazio's platform focuses on addressing what he views as the state's two biggest problems - its economic situation and corruption in Albany.
According to Lazio, New York is hemorrhaging jobs and leads the country when it comes to residents moving out-of-state. And, he adds, increasing taxes make the problem worse, not better.
And when it comes to addressing corruption and unethical behavior in Albany, Lazio says the solution is simple.
"I am for term limits," he said. "I believed in them when I was in congress; I believe in them now."
Following a question and answer period with guests, Lazio told the press he'll work hard to dispel the notion that Albany has turned its back on northern New York.
"You'll see me up here all the time," he said. "We're going to have people from upstate communities serving in senior levels of state government, and we're going to be focused on issues that 'upstaters' really care about. In the park area, we're going to be talking about finding a better balance between economic development, job creation and the preservation of the park mission."