New York’s economic development czar will be leaving his day-to-day leadership role, but will remain in control of big-picture decisions.
Howard Zemsky, a Buffalo-area developer, took on the role of CEO of Empire State Development Corporation in 2015, after previously serving in a leadership role on the western New York regional economic development council.
“Howard’s original commitment to us was for two years, he’s served this administration and the people of this great state for eight — with no compensation mind you — and New York is the better for it,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman Richard Azzopardi in a statement.
The agency will begin recruiting a new CEO, but there isn’t a timeline for Zemsky’s transition. He will continue to serve as chair of the Empire State Development board of directors.
Zemsky said in a statement that serving as the head of the state’s economic development arm has been an “honor of a lifetime.”
“I consider the governor a mentor, a boss and a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work together to grow the economy across the state,” Zemsky said. “The team at ESD rocks — I’m so proud of what they accomplish and to be associated with them.”
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