regional council members

9:47am

Thu December 8, 2011
Politics

Live-stream: Regional council awards ceremony

So who's it gonna be?

With $200 million in state economic development funds on the line, that's the big question.

Four regions will walk away with $40 million each. Six regions will have to split the remaining $40 million.

We'll soon find out who wins and who loses.

The awards ceremony kicks off at 10 a.m. Watch it unfold live and follow @MarieCusick and @kdewitt7 for the latest play-by-play from the Albany Egg.

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5:31pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Regional Councils

Conflicts of interest "will come up" on economic councils

Regional council members are asked to self-report any conflicts of interest that arise. But a clear oversight mechanism has yet to be unveiled.
Aiden Jones via Flickr

More than 250 New Yorkers will sit on the regional economic councils.

They come from all over New York, yet many aren’t strangers to working with each other – or with the state.

And those complex relationships mean that no council member will be completely free of the possibility of charges of conflict of interest, as they work to pick the winners and losers in the future of economic development in New York.

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4:56pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Who's who

Mid-Hudson economic council: Who's in charge

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at the members of the governor's regional economic development councils.  Here's what we found.

Methodology

Our reporters brought back short biographies of the folks behind the councils, including campaign contributions in the 2010 gubernatorial election (courtesy of public filings at the State Board of Elections).

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), at our request, retrieved data about the state lobbying expenditures of council members' employers from a database that they created using Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) information.  The also retrieved the party enrollment of council members, where available, from a database that they compiled based on FOIL'ed information (that's accurate as of October of 2010). Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG was instrumental in pulling this information together.

See an error, or want to add more?  Let us know.

And without further ado, here's who's who in the Mid-Hudson region. 

Regional Co-Chairs

Dennis Murray has been the president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. since 1979. Marist is a private school with an enrollment of more than 5,000 students. Murray serves on a number of community boards including the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley and the Roosevelt Institute. You can read his official bio on the school's website.

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions:  $0
  • Registered Democrat

Leonard Schleifer MD, PhD, is the president and CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a Tarrytown N.Y.-based biotechnology company with approximately 1,800 employees. According to Schleifer's profile in Forbes, he founded the company in 1988. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Schleifer previously spent four years as an assistant professor at the Cornell University Medical School in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. In 2006, he was named as one of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News' annual top 20 Molecular Millionaires.

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions:  $0
  • Unable to determine voter registration

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4:32pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Who's who

Central New York economic council: Who's in charge

Members of the central New York regional economic council, with their chairman, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at the members of the governor's regional economic development councils.  Here's what we found.

Methodology

Our reporters brought back short biographies of the folks behind the councils, including campaign contributions in the 2010 gubernatorial election (courtesy of public filings at the State Board of Elections).

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), at our request, retrieved data about the state lobbying expenditures of council members' employers from a database that they created using Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) information.  The also retrieved the party enrollment of council members, where available, from a database that they compiled based on FOIL'ed information (that's accurate as of October of 2010). Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG was instrumental in pulling this information together.

See an error, or want to add more?  Let us know.

And without further ado, here's who's who in Central New York.

Regional Co-Chairs

Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Syracuse University.  She became the first female chancellor and president of Syracuse University in 2004. SU, one of Syracuse’s anchor institutions, is the metro-area’s second-largest employer with a $900 million dollar budget. Cantor, a native New Yorker has earned a reputation in Syracuse for getting involved off-campus. She’s credited for her involvement in the cradle-to-grave education initiative, Say Yes to Education – she sits on Say Yes’ board - and redevelopment projects on the city’s impoverished West Side. She’s a past chair of the American Association for Higher Education and American Council on Education. She also writes extensively on higher education including, occasionally, for the Huffington Post. Cantor’s also among the top-paid university presidents in the nation, with total compensation totaling $1.4 million in 2008.  She serves on the board of Centerstate CEO.

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions: $0
  • Total lobbying dollars spent in New York State by SU in 2010: $183,472
  • Registered Democrat

Rob M. Simpson is president of CenterState CEO, a native son made-good in Washington D.C.  who better yet, returned home eight years ago. Simpson helped create CenterState - the former Metropolitan Development Authority business advocacy group and plain-old-chamber-of-commerce rolled into one. The merger took place shortly after he took the helm and Simpson says today that he considers the organization a “convener” of partnerships between Central New York groups. Simpson has also become an advocate for Syracuse’s downtown and the area’s tech industries. Syracuse’s Post-Standard aptly described him as “professionally optimistic.”

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions: $0
  • Unable to determine voter registration

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2:49pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Who's who

Capital Region economic council: Who's in charge

Members of the Capital Region economic council, including co-chair Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson (center).
Marie Cusick WMHT

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at the members of the governor's regional economic development councils.  Here's what we found.

Methodology

Our reporters brought back short biographies of the folks behind the councils, including campaign contributions in the 2010 gubernatorial election (courtesy of public filings at the State Board of Elections).

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), at our request, retrieved data about the state lobbying expenditures of council members' employers from a database that they created using Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) information.  The also retrieved the party enrollment of council members, where available, from a database that they compiled based on FOIL'ed information (that's accurate as of October of 2010). Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG was instrumental in pulling this information together.

See an error, or want to add more?  Let us know.

And without further ado, here's who's who in the Capital Region.

Regional Co-Chairs

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is the current president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., as well as the former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Since 2009, she has served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Her academic background is in a theoretical physics. She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions: $0
  • Total lobbying dollars spent in New York State by RPI in 2010: $10,339
  • Registered Republican

Michael Castellana is president and CEO of SEFCU, the largest credit union in the Capital Region and the seventh largest in New York State. He received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University at Albany-SUNY.

  • 2010 gubernatorial campaign contributions: $1,000 - Cuomo
  • No party affiliation

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