Howard Zemsky

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

Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky also signaled the state may be backing away from a key program to give tax break to start up entrepreneurs.

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

  Zemsky answered questions for over two hours from Democratic and Republican Assemblymembers, who wanted to know why the economic development program known as Start UP, which offers a ten year tax break for new high tech businesses who locate on college campuses , is seeming to take so long to begin.

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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney delivered perhaps her most passionate state of the county address to date last night, outlining her administration’s accomplishments while also addressing the community’s significant challenges.  Perhaps the biggest surprise came when she announced Syracuse’s Say Yes college tuition fund would be permanently endowed.