City Officials Want $1 Billion in Funds to Benefit the Entire Western New York Region

January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that $1 billion will be coming to the City of Buffalo. Now, other city leaders are hoping they will see some of that action.

City officials, including in Niagara Falls, want the money to be distributed to help stimulate the entire Western New York region, not only the Queen City. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the Governor told him that he is focusing mainly on Buffalo and said the surrounding areas will benefit from those improvements.

Brown said he plans on meeting with other city officials to discuss how the money will be spent.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Governor and the Economic Development Committee and other city officials to make sure that we capitalize on this investment," Mayor Brown said.

Cuomo said the $1 billion dollars is part of his job plan. It will be a multi-year deal and will be used to bring in private business.

In addition to sorting out where the money will go, many officials are asking how the governor is paying for this considering he doesn't plan on raising taxes.