Governor Cuomo Visits Batavia

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM EDT

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August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Batavia and a new plant that's expected to bring nearly 200 jobs to the area.

Cuomo came with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to celebrate construction of a new yogurt plant they say will bring 180 jobs to Western New York, with its first phase of construction expected to be complete in 2013.

Cuomo says he hopes new projects like this will help get rid of the stigma that New York is a bad place for businesses.

The Governor said "it's all about making the private sector run well and government partnering with that private sector."

He adds this new plant will help the dairy industry, a vital part of the region's economy.

This plant is just one example of hope for new jobs in Western New York.

The governor also answered questions about the Buffalo billion. It turns out it may not be too long until we know how that money will impact the Buffalo area.

Back in January, the Governor announced a billion dollars that will come to the region for economic development.

However, there's still more question than answers. Many still want to know what this means for job creation and where in Western New York the money will go.

Governor Cuomo tells Eyewitness News that a meeting Tuesday night focused on that issue. He hinted answers could come soon.

Cuomo added "our billion dollar commitment to bring new jobs to Buffalo is good, it's generated a lot of energy. And you're going to hear more about it in the days to come."

There's still no answer as to when -- or even if -- he plans to sign a bill that would boost tax credit to restore historic buildings from a cap of five million to twelve million.

Developer Rocco Termini says all of Upstate New York needs this.

Teremini explains "We have low rents, we have a lot of old buildings. And you can't restore those buildings without the tax credits."

This tax credit was recently used to restore the Hotel Lafayette.

If the bill becomes law, restoration on AM&A is next.

Termini's confident the Governor will sign it. However Cuomo himself remains vague.

When Eyewitness News asked Cuomo about the pending law, he stated "that's a bill we're considering now."