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‘Upstate Caucus’ among state’s legislature? Don’t bank on it

A Syracuse-area Democrat who recently defeated Republican challenger Sam Rodgers in the 53rd District is excited about working with more Upstate New Yorkers in Albany.

Senator Rachel May pushed back against the idea that a formal caucus should be formed for Upstate New York representatives.

She appeared on Capital Tonight speaking to that prospect. Both voters and some legislators have called for the formation of a formal caucus to fight for Upstate New York.

The issue: The appearance of downstate influence on legislative priorities.

Senator May doesn’t think formal designation will be necessary. “I think we will be a delegation that communicates a lot,” she explained. “I don’t think we will call ourselves a caucus, but I know that we will be working together on a lot of these issues.”