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June 11, 2009

Chair of NY economic development agency quits

Crain's NY Business
By Erik Engquist

Holy crap! Less than a week after Empire State Development Corporation's Downstate Chairperson tendered her resignation, the head honcho quits too. The ESDC is the Atlantic Yards state sponsor.

Another high-level resignation rocked the Paterson administration Thursday. Robert Wilmers, the unpaid chairman of the Empire State Development Corp., the state’s primary development agency, quit to devote more time to his paid job as head of M&T Bank.

Mr. Wilmers’ departure after one year comes five days after Marisa Lago quit as president and chief executive of ESDC with no explanation beyond a desire to take one of the job offers that were coming her way. Published reports indicated she and Mr. Wilmers had clashed. Ms. Lago had been hired only eight months ago.
Mr. Paterson said in a statement, “Under Bob’s leadership, Empire State Development Corp. moved forward, creating jobs and expanding opportunities for all New Yorkers.”


NoLandGrab: Under Paterson's leadership, ESDC has moved nothing, except for pushing paper for Bruce Ratner.

Two resignations in less than a week, that makes the ESDC not only rudderless, but also headless. Lucky for Ratner, the ESDC accepts volunteer help.

Posted by lumi at June 11, 2009 8:24 PM