Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Economic Development
February 23, 2021
9:30 a.m.


Eric Gertler
Commissioner, New York State Department of Economic Development, President & CEO, Empire State Development

RoAnn M. Destito
Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services

Mara Manus
Executive Director, New York State Council on the Arts

Christina Perry
Member at Large, League of Independent Theater

Joseph Masher
Treasurer, National Association of Theaters Owners of NYS (NATO)

Thomas O’Donnell
President, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817

Mark Dorr
President, NYS Hospitality & Tourism Association

Yana Collins Lehman
Chair, Post New York Alliance

Olympia Kazi
Policy Advisor, NYC Artist Coalition

Lisa Tyson
Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition

Jose Miranda
Director of Economic Justice, Chhaya CDC

Norman J. Nowak
Executive Director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

Jonathan Teyan
COO, Associated Medical Schools of New York

Marc Alessi
Executive Director, Business Incubator Association of NYS

Karen Narefsky
Senior Organizer, United for Small Business NYC

Ahyoung Kim
Associate Director for Small Business, Asian American Fed

Catherine Murcek
Advocacy Council, NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives

Melinda Mack
Executive Director, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals

Thomas Speaker
Policy Analyst, Reinvent Albany

Isaac Jabola-Carolus
Researcher, City of New York Graduate Center

Beth Starks
Executive Director, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center

Written Testimony
29 Centers for Advanced Technology

Afterschool Priorities

Susan Murdock
Executive Director, Association of Claims Professionals (ACP)

Drew Bogner, Ph.D.
Interim President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)

Abigail Ellman
Director of Planning and Development, Cooper Square Committee

Melissa Moore
New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Winning Beginning NY

Lisa French
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Field & Fork Network

Randy Wolken
President and CEO, The Manufacturers Association (MACNY)


Jen O’Connor
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Prevent Child Abuse

Catherine Murcek
Worker/Owner, Samsamkaya Yoga Back Care

Cheryl Walker, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Take Root Justice

Ken Pokalsky
Vice President, The Business Council

Unshackle Upstate