Zemsky will step down as CEO of Empire State Development

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Howard Zemsky the CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation will step down from his post. 

The ESD says Zemsky wants to remain involved as the chairman of the board but that will require a nomination from Governor Cuomo and approval from the board. 

The corporation has already begun the search for a new leader.

They say the decision to step down was made entirely by Zemsky.

ESD representatives sent News 4 a statement:

“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. We are thrilled and honored that he will continue his public service and remain a beloved part of the team.” 

Rich Azzopardi, senior advisor to the Governor

 “Leading Empire State Development and serving as Governor Cuomo’ s head of economic development‎ has been the 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. The team at ESD rocks – I’m so proud of what they accomplish and to be associated with them,” Zemsky said.

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