Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo embarked on an upstate victory lap today, touting the accomplishments of the just ended legislative session and again underscoring a strengthened commitment to a region he said was often forgotten in Albany.

During a bill signing ceremony before several hundred invited guests at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, Cuomo signed a bill setting up financial advisory panels for distressed upstate cities before signing other just-passed legislation later in Rochester and Binghamton.

It was all part of a day in which Cuomo extolled the results of the legislative session that ended on Saturday, while acknowledging he was not successful in achieving all of his agenda.


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Still, today’s event gave him the chance to renew a now familiar theme of a resurgent upstate region thanks to the efforts of his administration.

And as he has in the past, he was especially upbeat about Buffalo and its economy.

“The number of cranes, in some ways, is a litmus test of economic health,” he said. “For a lot of years, there not any cranes in the sky above Buffalo. Today the cranes are back.”