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NY spends $161M on tourism, business ads

NY spends $161M on tourism, business ads

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promoting the state's START-UP NY program at Cornell University in 2013. Cuomo says the program encourages job growth by creating tax-free zones are colleges and universities. Photo: WHCU/Peter Blanchard

There’s some controversy over the amount of money New York State has spent on ads promoting tourism.

According to recently released documents, the state has spent 161 million dollars on the advertisements.

Jimmy Vielkind, reporter for Capital New York, says journalists became frustrated when the Cuomo administration delayed releasing the documents.

“There’s also the issue of secrecy,” Vielkind said. “For up to a year, journalists had been requesting records related to these ad campaigns.”

Republican challenger to Cuomo Rob Astorino is calling for the ads to be taken off the air, but Vielkind says since that money has already been allotted for the ad campaign, it would take political pressure to get them off the air.

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