“This is the epicenter of clean energy, we’ve done a tremendous amount of work, the governor has also said he wants this area to be the leader of the electric vehicle revolution and hes asked Doctor Whittingham from Binghamton University to lead that effort,” she said. Hochul stopped at the Cornell Cooperative extension to discuss topics from Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address on Wednesday. (WBNG) — Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul made a stop in the Southern Tier on Friday during her State of the State address tour. She spoke about raising the Excelsior Scholarship eligibility threshold from $125,000 to $150,000 which will allow nearly 7,000 more Southern Tier residents to go to college tuition free. “We have invested over 7.4 billion dollars in the Southern Tier since we were elected to office and that’s extraordinary, that’s making a difference in small downtown’s all the way to the largest cities. We are investing money into the greater Binghamton fund to help people in poverty over to Elmira investing 10 million to help bring back their downtown,” said Hochul In her time in the area, Hochul also touched upon the vape ban, legalizing marijuana and topics that would benefit agriculture in our area. Hochul also mentioned bringing more electric cars to the area through a possible proposal of a electric car tax rebate system. Hochul’s next stop on the State of the State tour will be in Buffalo.