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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Those comments particularly irked officials in Oneida County, who hoped to land Foxconn at the Marcy Nanocenter after an Austrian computer chip maker canceled a $650 million project there back in December. Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. had directly pitched Foxconn earlier this year and invited company officials to tour the Utica-area site.

Picente, a Republican, said Trump's remarks were disheartening to him and others in Oneida County who have been working so hard to attract manufacturing jobs and keep their children here.

"I'm working every day to make this place better, and I would have hoped that he would have done the same," Picente remarked, noting that it's been decades since America has had a president from New York. "I'm trying to get more people here."

And like most upstate counties, Trump won Oneida County in the 2016 presidential election, receiving nearly 57 percent of the votes.

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