Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon visited Buffalo Wednesday for the first time as a candidate for governor.
Nixon wasted no time tearing into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development initiatives, calling it a “top down program”.
Nixon said that Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative a good idea, but made sure to point to the bid-rigging charges against contractors affiliated with the project.
She also talked about her own platform, including more money for education, transportation, and investing in green initatives.
Nixon spent the afternoon meeting with grassroots leaders and activists.
“The money is going to people who are great contributors of the governor’s,” Nixon said. “There is very little oversight, there is no bidding going on, and there is very little job creation and no strings attached.
The Erie County Democratic Committee released a statement about Nixon’s visit on Wednesday.
“We aren’t interested in political talking points from candidates who don’t understand the needs of upstate New York,” it said.
Nixon will challenge Gov. Cuomo in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 13.