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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion high-tech development project on the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute campus near Utica.


The winning concept in the competition to re-design the Skyway is prompting widespread conversation. Jim Fink of Business First wonders about the proposal's ambitious timeline. "You cannot flip a switch and take down the Skyway," Fink said during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. Still, Fink believes the pledge of Howard Zemsky, Chair of Empire State Development, that this "will not be the son of the Peace Bridge where it drags on and on."

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After decades of debate and a global redesign competition, the Buffalo Skyway Corridor is coming down—at least part of it. That’s according to the winning idea announced Tuesday.


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The top nine teams for the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition have been revealed. The finalists will pitch their ideas Tuesday morning in front of a live audience and judging panel. At noon the winners will be announced, with first place receiving a $100,000 award.

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The remaining Baby Boomers are on the verge of retiring out of the region's workforce. It's a development that could have devastating consequences. "One of the key issues, if you want to grow your economy, you've got to grow your workforce," said economist John Slenker, who sees hopeful signs that this area is once again attracting younger people.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the nomination of Eric Gertler to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development. Gertler is executive chairman of U.S. News & World Report and has been on the board of ESD since June 2018. The attorney will assume his new role in September and outgoing CEO Howard Zemsky will maintain his position as chair of the state's economic development agency.

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It is being called REDI: the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The multi-agency task force was introduced during a conference call with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday to help communities along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines deal with high water levels.

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New York state officially kicked off the competition for alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway on Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is inviting urban planners, architects, community groups, and others to submit their ideas.

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Howard Zemsky is heading back to the private sector after four years running New York's Empire State Development Corporation.

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Three new projects are coming to Buffalo's waterfront, including additional access points, new streets on an undeveloped block and a future facility where a piece of history will be rebuilt.


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The head of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs said he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on the projects.


Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.


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The second phase of investment from the state's Buffalo Billion initiative will be directed downtown. However, Buffalo won't be the beneficiary; instead, the money will provide a boost to the downtowns of Gowanda, North Tonawanda, Lackawanna and Dunkirk. 


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A long-vacant former office building in downtown Niagara Falls has been converted into a new hotel. It is just the latest project to receive state funding as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to revitalize the Cataract City. 

$50M Expo Center planned for NYS Fair

Aug 25, 2017
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that a new $50 million exposition center will be built at the New York State Fairgrounds near Syracuse - and work will happen quickly.

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A New York City based financial services company is expanding into the Buffalo area and plans to create more than 1,000 new jobs.

During a boat ride along Buffalo's waterfront, during which Governor Andrew Cuomo and other political leaders celebrated economic development, the head of Empire State Development announced that Moog Incorporated will soon spend million of dollars and create new jobs at two of its local sites.


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The first phase of redeveloping one Buffalo's most iconic structures is complete. State and local officials helped cut the ribbon Thursday on the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

Lawmakers grilled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair Wednesday at a budget hearing, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to charges against several former associates of the governor.


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Albany is expressing confidence in the future of the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo, after stockholders of both SolarCity and car company Tesla Motors agreed to a merger.

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, the governor’s economic development chairman said.

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With its array of historic buildings, the crumbling landscape of downtown Jamestown offers poignant reminders of a small city that was once a jewel of the Northeast.  State officials hope a $10 million award from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will help restore some of that glory. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been getting along with other Democrats in the state this summer. For some time, Cuomo has appeared to have a feud with the Democratic mayor of New York City, but in recent weeks, the governor has directed scathing comments toward state Assembly Democrats.


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A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Howard Zemsky, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development czar, endured over two hours of questions about Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

Political and private sector leaders from around the state are spending three days at the Capitol, making their best case to win a share of $1.5 billion in economic development monies for their region.


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Empire State Development Corporation Commissioner Howard Zemsky says his agency is cooperating fully with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation into the Buffalo Billion.

A $12,500 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top legal aides. Carey Gabay, 43, is in critical condition after getting caught in the crossfire of two gangs in Brooklyn early Monday morning.

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Good news came to Buffalo's East Side today. Nine projects in the community will be funded with $11 million through the Better Buffalo Fund.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated local developer Howard Zemsky to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation, New York State's primary economic development agency.

43North unveils 11 finalists, two from WNY

Oct 16, 2014
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Eleven finalists were announced in the 43North business plan competition Thursday. The contestants are competing for $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million dollars. Each of the competitor is guaranteed to receive a cash prize of at least $250,000.

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