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June 11, 2009

Even more turmoil at ESDC: the Chairman resigns, and a Republican businessman from Rochester will be in charge

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder provides a little background on the heir-apparent at the Empire State Developers' Development Corporation.

So, who'll be in charge? ESDC Upstate President Dennis M. Mullen, who's been based in Rochester. After Lago's departure, Mullen was set to become President and CEO of the ESDC; now he'll be combined Chairman and CEO, though that requires legislative approval. (There hasn't been a Downstate President since Avi Schick left in January, after a long goodbye.)

Mullen, then President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, a regional economic development organization supported by both private and public sector leaders, was named ESDC Upstate President last August, the same time Lago was appointed.

A gubernatorial press release at the time noted that, at GRE, Mullen had focused on marketing Rochester’s core assets: alternative energy, biotechnology, food and beverage manufacturing and optics.

He previously served a decade as the chairman, president and CEO of Birds Eye Foods and headed three other food enterprises.

His approximately $16,000 in state political contributions in the past two years have been focused on the Rochester area and all but one (a $1000 contribution) have gone to Republicans.

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Posted by eric at June 11, 2009 9:47 PM