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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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The state-sponsored contest 43North has reduced its field of contestants from 7,000 to 113 semifinalists. The businesses are looking to win a top prize of $1 million.

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A vast tract of land which was once the home of 19th Century industry in iron and steel manufacturing is closer to becoming home for a vast 21st Century manufacturing complex.

The search for a new president of Buffalo State College is down to the finalists and the first will be on campus Monday for a tour and questions.

Flying Bison Brewing Company is the latest addition to the growing Buffalo neighborhood known as Larkinville.

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Buffalo State College is in the early stages of finding a new president to replace the late Aaron Podolefsky.

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The latest report from the group charged with jumpstarting the local economy shows the millions of dollars invested by the state is having a positive effect.

Buffalo State president stepping down

Jul 22, 2013
SUNY Buffalo State

Buffalo State College President Aaron Podolefsky is stepping down. Podolefsky has been on sick leave since May as he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer. On Monday, he announced that he will step down as president July 31.

Regional Council investing in manufacturing sector

May 2, 2013
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The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council says it will invest some of the 'Buffalo Billion' funds in the state budget into addressing the shortage of workers in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Zemsky rated top leader in Buffalo News survey

Mar 18, 2013
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Sunday's Buffalo News features its annual leadership survey.  The News lists 25 local figures as the top leaders of our community.  Topping the survey results is businessman Howard Zemsky. 

Plans in place for "Billion to Buffalo"

Feb 7, 2013
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Plans for the “Billion to Buffalo” are ready to be implemented. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council met on University at Buffalo’s North Campus Thursday to announce how the funds will be allocated.

After a board meeting yesterday, the NFTA has an Albany lobbyist and a restaurant that will run all winter on the waterfront.

The board voted to hire the lobbying firm headed by former Mayor Anthony Masiello for $72,000 a year.

Chairman Howard Zemsky says the authority hasn't been doing well in getting money from Albany in hard times and is joining other transit authorities in hiring a lobbyist to be up-to-date on what's going on and to push for more cash.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says it will relinquish ownership of more than 400 acres of prime waterfront real estate on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. 

New NFTA Board Chair Howard Zemsky renewed the vow in a meeting with reporters today. But Zemsky says the change is not necessarily going to happen quickly.

"People should understand that we have to have conversations with Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation itself. The mayor has expressed in expressing his views on the Outer Harbor.  So, we have to have conversations,"  Zemsky said.

Senate confirms Howard Zemsky to lead NFTA

May 15, 2012

The State Senate has confirmed the appointment of businessman Howard Zemsky to be the new chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.  

Zemsky was nominated by Governor Cuomo in March.  He will take over from acting chairman Henry Sloma, who has served in the role for past three years. Zemsky, 52, is a member of the NFTA's board of commissioners and is co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

Rep. Brian Higgins, in a statement, calls Zemsky "a true Buffalo believer."

Governor Cuomo is moving to stabilize the NFTA by nominating four board members, replacing four members whose terms have long since expired.

The governor has nominated businessman and philanthropist Howard Zemsky to move up from a board member to chairman.  Zemsky was previously nominated to be chairman by Governor Spitzer but the nomination never came out of the Senate process.  It has been more than five years since there was a permanent authority chairman.

Cuomo has also nominated educator Bonita Durand, realtor Charles Gurney and union official Philip Wilcox.

Cuomo will name Howard Zemsky to lead NFTA

Mar 5, 2012

A leadership shakeup is coming to the NFTA as Governor Cuomo names a new chairman and new commissioners later today.

According to the Buffalo News, Howard Zemsky will be nominated as the new chairman of the NFTA's board of commissioners, replacing Henry Sloma who has been acting chairman since the summer of 2009.

The 52-year-old Zemsky was appointed as an NFTA commissioner by former Governor Eliot Spitzer and serves as co-chairman of the Western New York Regional Economic Council.