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Cuomo Announces New Jobs, Touts State Budget in WNY Visit

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - Governo Andrew Cuomo was in Western New York on Monday to tout his new state budget, and brought some jobs with him.

Cuomo announced that 500 new jobs will be created in Buffalo by IBM at a new 100,000 square foot training and technical center. Construction on the project is expected to begin this year.

"IBM is the right partner to have," Cuomo said about the deal on Monday. Part of the deal with IBM is that the company will keep current operations in the Hudson Valley.

Cuomo says that IBM's commitment was leveraged by a $55 million investment by the State in the Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub. IBM will be the first anchor tenant in the Hub, which, in partnership with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, State Data Center, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and University at Buffalo, will train IT professionals, educate new IT staff through State University of New York partnerships, and develop next generation IT software.

Cuomo also touched on topics that included the Common Core, which he said is the right path for education in New York but has been flawed in implementation, and taxes, which took up a majority of his speech.

Cuomo said that property taxes are what is driving people out of New York State, and too many local governments play a big role in that. Cuomo cited Erie County as an example of a municipality that has too many government entities that have taxing power.

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