Full Interview: New York Lt. Governor talks West Water development, vaping, and license plates

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – 18 News spoke with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul today on the importance of developing downtown Elmira and what that means to the community.

“Downtown Elmira is rich in culture and history, and we are building the momentum of excitement, growth, and prosperity in the area,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “I was proud to announce Elmira as a Downtown Revitalization Initiative award winner, along with the winning projects as part of the DRI and return again today to mark the opening of the West Water Street development. The project added 51 market-rate apartments, which are already fully occupied, along with new businesses in commercial and retail space. The DRI is helping to make Elmira’s downtown more accessible and business-friendly, while increasing the use of the Chemung waterfront to enhance quality of life and strengthen the economy.”

“As we focus on reenergizing Elmira’s city center, the West Water Street project will help ensure that the Southern Tier continues to soar, laying the foundation for future growth and development across the entire region,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today’s ribbon cutting is just another testament that our Downtown Revitalization Initiative is working to boost local economies all across the state.”

We also spoke with Hochul on the governor’s office backing down from new license plates and the recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

She said on the flavor ban that she doesn’t think the public realizes how detrimental these vaping products are to health.

On the proposed license plates, she said that the purpose of the new plates were to help push new technology and that old plates might not be readable. However, some old plates are in perfect working order.

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