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Strength in numbers

Rural Democrats flex their muscles in Saratoga Springs

Cuomo touts efforts to invest in agriculture

Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands with Edlouis Perkins, of Schenectady, right, after speaking at the Democratic Rural Conference Convention at the Saratoga Springs Hilton on Friday, April 26, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Governor Andrew Cuomo shakes hands with Edlouis Perkins, of Schenectady, right, after speaking at the Democratic Rural Conference Convention at the Saratoga Springs Hilton on Friday, April 26, 2013.
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The influential role of New York’s upstate rural Democrats was on display Friday night, with all the state’s top elected officials putting in appearances before the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo praised the conference during a reception at the Saratoga Hilton, and U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer talked to the group about what can be done to boost agriculture. “To be an upstate Democrat, you have to ...


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