- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Upstate New York stands to get billions of dollars of investments in economic development and transportation in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal.

The budget recommendation unveiled Wednesday also contains $500 million for broadband internet access in rural upstate areas.

Cuomo has already discussed his plan to spend $1.5 billion on upstate economic development. The Democratic governor says that he’ll divide the money into three $500 million prizes. Seven upstate regions will compete for the money and three will win.

The governor also wants to invest $1.3 billion in the state Thruway system, including the new Tappan Zee Bridge now under construction. Another $750 million would be spent on bridges and highways around the state.

The proposal now goes to the Legislature for consideration.

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