NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Governor Cuomo’s plan to pit seven upstate regions against each other in a competition for economic aid is drawing criticism from some lawmakers.

There is $1.5-billion at stake in what some have dubbed Cuomo’s ‘Hunger Games.’

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Senate Republicans said regions shouldn’t have to compete with each other for state help.

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The Cuomo administration said it will spur innovation.

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