From the Morning Memo:

It may have been Chele Farley’s first campaign visit to New York’s second biggest city, but the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said she plans to spend plenty of time in Buffalo moving forward.

Her opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, is sometimes criticized for not spending much time in Western New York. Farley accused her opponent of underestimating the importance of WNY specifically – and upstate, writ large.

“I’ve been in Binghamton, I don’t know, three or four times, just since I got the nomination in March,” she said. “I think I will be spending a lot of time here but I live in New York. My kids go to school in New York.”

Hailing from Manhattan, Farley, a former official of the state GOP and a first-time candidate for elected office, admitted she is not well known outside NYC – if at all even there. But she noted that in an off-year election, about half of votes are cast outside the five boroughs.

As politicians often are asked to do these days, a reporter asked that Farley define the confines of “upstate,” and she – daringly – obliged.

“It all has to do with who actually comes out to vote, so this is an off-year election, and my definition of upstate is the MTA Line is sort of the end of what I would call downstate, so Poughkeepsie, in my view, is the definition. Anything north of that is Upstate,” Farley said.

Regardless of the seemingly never-ending debate over where downstate ends and upstate behinds, Farley she said she wants to represent all of New York.

She repeated a (semi-debunked) claim that Gillibrand has not had a single bill of which she was the primary sponsor become law.

The senator has claimed to have played an integral role in moving many major bills through the U.S. Senate, but Farley maintained that her characterization of Gillibrand’s record is fair and accurate.

:”The point is she needs to do more,” Farley said. “A million New Yorkers have left the state in the last ten years. Why? Because they don’t have jobs. Their taxes are too high. That’s something we need to take care of. You don’t just tack your name onto somebody else’s bill. We actually need solutions that work for New York.”

Farley insisted that, unlike her opponent, she will be able to deliver on promises to her constituents. She compared herself to the president in that respect, citing the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem as an example of his campaign promises made and kept.