Speaker Carl Heastie at Bombardier in Plattsburgh
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New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was in the North Country today, touring transportation manufacturing plants that supply subway and bus cars to New York City.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle with Franklin County Legislature Chair Billy Jones (left) and North Country Chamber CEO Garry Douglas (right)
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The North County Chamber of Commerce and two county legislatures hosted a visit by the New York state Assembly majority leader on Tuesday.  Democrat Joe Morelle was briefed on regional economic development strategies and projects and then toured the region’s transportation manufacturing facilities.

File photo of Bombardier rail manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh
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Bombardier, a global manufacturer of rail cars and airplanes, plans to cut approximately 7,000 jobs — about 10 percent of its global workforce— over two years, while it adds jobs in growing areas of its business.


Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.


The heads of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Transit were in Plattsburgh Wednesday afternoon.