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Gertler named Empire State Development chief

Gertler named Empire State Development chief

Howard Zemsky stepping down from position

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday nominated Eric Gertler of New York City, executive chairman of U.S. News & World Report, as the new president and CEO of Empire State Development, the state's chief economic development agency.

Gertler will replace current Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky, who will remain chairman of the ESD board. Zemsky, who has been president since 2015, announced plans to leave several months ago. Gertler has been on the ESD board since last year.

"Eric is an innovative leader who spent decades at the intersection of business, media and government -- making him uniquely suited to run our chief economic development and tourism agency," Cuomo said.

In addition to his role at U.S. News & World Report, Gertler has also overseen Ulysses Ventures, a multi-strategy investment fund based in New York City. Previously, he was executive vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and managing director of the city's Center for Economic Transformation. From 2015 to 2017, Gertler was co-chairman and co-publisher of the New York Daily News.

Empire State Development oversees the state's economic development efforts, including tourism marketing programs like "I Love NY."


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