Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today called on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils in the Finger Lakes Region and Central New York to work together to capitalize on local assets, provide incentives for job creation and retention, and reduce the tax burden on area small businesses to promote growth.
“Small-business owners from the Finger Lakes Region and Central New York will agree when I say that an effective economic development strategy concentrated on preserving, developing and capitalizing upon our local assets is sorely needed in Upstate New York. Simply put, past economic development schemes have lost sight of who their customer is – the private sector job creator. Our region has a great workforce, world-class colleges and universities and entrepreneurs eager to create new products and new jobs. We should be competing with overseas markets, not one another,” Leader Kolb said.
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council serves Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. The Finger Lakes Council is led by Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester and Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegman's Food Markets, who will serve as Regional Co-Chairs.
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council serves Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. The Central New York Council is led by Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University and Rob M. Simpson, President of CenterState CEO, who will serve as Regional Co-Chairs.
“I congratulate Nancy Cantor, Joe Seligman, Rob Simpson, Danny Wegman and their teams of experts for stepping forward to improve their communities. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the members of our Regional Economic Development Councils to build a better business climate in Upstate New York,” Leader Kolb said.
“We need to show – and not just tell – small businesses that ‘We Want You Here.’ All too often, state bureaucrats have seemed dedicated to harassing, fining and otherwise treating businesses as if they are the enemy, not the customer. Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council leaders must be dedicated to changing the Empire State’s negative image and spreading the word that New York is ‘Open For Business,’” Leader Kolb concluded.