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People are quick to defend their hometown, especially when someone that’s not from that town (especially a rival town) starts to make negative comments. Albany was the target for one assemblywoman in New York City, who discussed the food that the capital city has to offer. While many of us know that Albany has plenty of fine dining establishments to offer, she didn’t feel that way, going as far to say that the food in the city was “trash.”

Yuh-Line Niou is the state assemblywoman, and her district covers a part of Manhattan in New York City. Because of that, she spends much of her time in Albany, working with other state politicians. Seemingly out of the blue, Niou tweeted out that “Food choices in Albany are trash...before leaving (New York City), what should I grab for the road?”

Needless to say, Albanians weren’t too thrilled by the comment. One Twitter user replied to Niou, saying “Always a pleasure when a (New York State) politician trashes part of the state.” Niou responded by saying “I apologize for offending. I was only referring to the concourse and my three choices there at 3pm. I wasn’t referring to the whole city. I’m sorry I said it that way.” People felt like Niou was backtracking, however, and that she was trying to cover herself after “trash” talking Albany.

Part of this is because someone tweeted “Albany has good food,” and she responded with a .gif that said “This is the Twilight Zone.” It wasn’t the first time a politician from NYC spoke ill of Albany food. Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch said that living in Albany was a “terrible fate,” because the city was “without a decent Chinese restaurant.” Like Niou, Koch had to backtrack. “What I was simply conveying was that life in a big city is my life. That is, for me, in no way a reflection on the people who live there and make that choice,” Koch said.

Judging by responses in both situations, it’s probably best to not badmouth the Albany cuisine.

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