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Gov. Cuomo praises Datto for move, growth in downtown Rochester

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Governor Andrew Cuomo praised the expansion and growth at Datto, a Rochester-based tech company, on Wednesday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo praised the expansion and growth at a Rochester-based tech company on Wednesday.

The governor joined Datto CEO and co-founder Austin McChord at the Metropolitan (formerly Chase Tower) on South Clinton Avenue.

Datto, which specializes in backup and disaster recovery services, was originally located at RIT's Downtown Center for Entrepreneurship, but has since outgrown its space. As of this week, all of Datto's 225 employees in Rochester are working in the upper floors of the Metropolitan.

Governor Cuomo praised Datto's growth, which has been partially subsidized by a $2.1 million state grant and other tax incentives.

Cuomo's visit comes a day after he made remarks about New Yorkers leaving the state for personal reasons or decisions that he called "climate based." He said that his administration ended the trend of high taxes and job losses driving people out of the state.

The Democratic incumbent in the upcoming gubernatorial election last visited Rochester on September 10, the day before the primary election.

On Tuesday, Republican challenger Marc Molinaro spoke at Monroe County GOP headquarters, pushing his plan to make New York businesses more competitive and business friendly.

Molinaro and Cuomo face Libertarian party candidate Larry Sharpe in the November general election.

Datto has more than 1,400 employees worldwide.