Upstate Versus Downstate in Prevailing Wage Bill

National Grid is out with a couple of radio ads urging upstate state senators–Republican George Maziarz and Democrat William Stachowski in one ad, and Democrat David Valesky in another–to oppose a “prevailing wage” bill they say will increase the cost of delivering electricity.

The ad stresses that the bill would benefit “downstate” at the expense of “upstate.” And in places north of the Bronx, the word “downstate” often is used like a four-letter word. “The bill strengthens New York City’s largest union” the announcer says, onimously.

The ads will appear in Buffalo and Syracuse, starting tomorrow.