Upstate Native. Will Hochul do right by her home region ? That is the question on residents minds. The Legislature is controlled by downstate leaders. Big money contributors similarly are downstate based. They rarely pay more than lip service to the problems of communities removed from NYC. The scope of challenges is staggering. The region has bled population . Its economy has stagnated for years. Cuomo threw money upstate through the scandal marred Buffalo Billion handout. Hochul went to bat for taxpayer assistance to the new Bills stadium. Token gestures but not enough. Hochul as the first upstate Governor in 100 years has a chance to make a real difference. Upstate Native. New Yorkers watch and wait to see if she does right by her own people !!