Cuomo Blames Climate, Not Taxes, For NY Population Decline

After his Republican challenger said on Monday that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has failed to stem the number of New Yorkers leaving for states with lower taxes and more jobs, Cuomo blamed the upstate weather instead.

While New York continues to attract immigrants from other countries, a study last year found that it led the nation in net migration to other states. Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that his administration has improved the local economy and that many New Yorkers leaving the state now are doing so for personal reasons or decisions that he called “climate-based.”