Trump statement about NY irks some in Hudson Valley

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A recent statement by President Donald Trump about New York has upset some in the Hudson Valley.

It comes after Trump basically told upstate job seekers to simply pack up for another state.

Trump announced Wednesday that tech industry giant Foxconn is bringing its operation and thousands of jobs to Wisconsin in a multibillion-dollar deal some speculate New York lost out on, making Trump's remarks this week on the matter a bitter pill to swallow.

"When you have an area that just isn't working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you'll have another area 500 miles away where you can't get people, I'm going to explain, you can leave," Trump told the Wall Street Journal. "It's OK. Don't worry about your house."

It's an outlook that's not going over well with some voters in Orange County.

"I don't think it's a valid point at all," says Maynor Obregon, of Middletown. "I definitely wouldn't vote for him again."

"We are faced with the unfortunate reality that we are losing more people than we attract," says Lynn Cione, of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. "So for the president to say something like that, it's not the help we need."

And while the area has seen a surge in jobs, experts say much more is needed.

"Donald Trump likes to pull the carpet out from all of us," says Maureen Halahan, CEO of Orange County Partnership. "But there's some validity that New York state has not been open for business for decades."

A representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls Trump's remarks "fake news," saying that private sector jobs are at an all-time high, with unemployment nearly cut in half.

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