Cuomo names statewide council for economic development oversight

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Following the launch of 10 regional councils that will lead the economic development efforts in regions across the state (NYC’s is being launched as we speak), Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the members of a statewide body that will oversee their work, resolving any conflicts that may arise.

The overarching panel will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who has served as the Cuomo administration’s point person for the governor’s plan, which pits the 10 regions in a competition for a slice of $1 billion in development grants, tax breaks, bonds and other funding sources.

Like Cuomo’s regional panels, the statewide council includes representatives from business, higher education and labor.

Some of the bigger names include State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, and the presidents of several statewide business groups.

The co-chairs from each of the ten regional councils will also serve on the panel. The other members are listed below, courtesy of Cuomo’s office:

Laura Anglin, President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York
Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO, NY Academy of Sciences
Julie Suarez, Director of Public Policy, NYS Farm Bureau
Antonio M. Perez, Chairman & CEO, Eastman Kodak Company
Bill Thompson, Chair of M/WBE Task Force
Denis Hughes, President, NYS AFL-CIO
Edward Malloy, President, Building & Construction Trades Council
Heather Briccetti, Acting President & CEO, The Business Council
Brian McMahon, Executive Director, NYS Economic Development Council
Brian Sampson, Executive Director, Unshackle Upstate
Michael P. Durant New York State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
Jan Marie Chesterton, IOM President, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association

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