A committee of business, labor and education leaders that was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July will meet for the first time tomorrow, the governor’s office confirmed.
The Chairman’s Committee — a 30-member panel asked to “identify and eliminate barriers to economic growth” — will meet in the state Capitol at 1:30 p.m. to discuss regulatory reform and improving the state’s business climate.
The meeting was scheduled after two members of the committee expressed frustration to Gannett’s Albany Bureau about the panel’s lack of meetings. Four times, they said, a meeting was scheduled and later canceled. (Two other committee members said the cancellations amounted to scheduling difficulties and weren’t a big deal, and an Empire State Development spokesman then said a meeting would be scheduled for the near future.)
The Chairman’s Committee was launched as part of Cuomo’s regional economic development initiative, and was created to resolve conflicts among the 10 regional panels participating in the competitive grant process.
Jan Marie Chesterton, a committee member and president of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, said the meeting was scheduled at the end of last week.
“There were two correspondences late last week and this week,” she said. “I’m all packed up and ready to go.”