Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Syracuse on Thursday indicated New York would be something of a liberal counterweight to conservative policies under Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidential administration, acting as a “refuge” for immigrants and protecting the rights of workers and LGBT people.

Cuomo’s comments came a day after he told NY1 in an interview on Wednesday that Trump’s presidency could be “a bonus” to New York given his residency in the state and support for infrastructure spending.

“I have grave philosophical differences with the positions Donald Trump laid out in the campaign,” Cuomo said. “That is not going to change and it is not going to go away. This state of New York has a proud legacy of being the progressive capital of the nation and I think that’s more important today than ever before.”

Noting his support for a $15 minimum wage, which was approved earlier this year for New York City and the suburban counties, as well as backing of LGBT rights, Cuomo said those concerns would be protected in New York.

“If any immigrant feels they are under attack, I want them to know this state of New York, which has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor, is their refuge,” he said.

Cuomo, however, did add the state government needs to work with the federal government on key issues such as transportation and housing assistance, acknowledging the reality of Trump’s presidency.

“We will also work with the federal government, which is very important for this state,” he said. “Of course, we will work together”