When our reporters recently asked people questions about regionalism, they — and we — were surprised by how much the conversation tended to come back to governor Andrew Cuomo’s new system of allocation of resources organized by region. The fact that tangible state resources are being competed for seems to have entirely changed the ball game of state political allocation. It has empowered regionalism to an unanticipated extent.
To use one of the governor’s favorite buzzwords, there has been a transformation of regionalism. Rather than the traditional horse-trading among municipalities and counties for the division of spoils that it has been since time immemorial, regionalism is fast becoming a locally driven program to pursue measurable state revitalization objectives.
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