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Main Streeter joins state

Albany Times Union, By Rick Karlin, January 28, 2011. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday nominated a veteran business advocate as CEO and president of the Empire State Development Corp., New York's main economic development organization. And while unions have frequently been on the other side of business groups on several issues -- from the push for family leave to property tax caps -- representatives of labor groups generally had little criticism of Adams. One exception was Allison Duwe, executive director at the Coalition for Economic Justice, which has criticized business tax breaks and supports an expansion of workers rights. She said appointing an economic developer like Adams is "business as usual" at the Capitol.


What are the liberals saying about Gov. Cuomo’s budget?

North Country Public Radio, By Brian Mann, February 1, 2011. Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget address is winning accolades from North Country lawmakers, with Republican state Senator Betty Little praising the plan and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward sounding cautiously enthusiastic. But liberals groups are angry about this Democratic governor's approach to closing the $10 billion dollar deficit.


Appointment with destiny

Crain's, By Erik Engquist, Daniel Massey and Jeremy Smerd, January 30, 2011. Gov. Andrew Cuomo may not have appointed Kenneth Adams as head of the Empire State Development Corp. last week if former Brooklyn Heights Councilman David Yassky had been more successful in a run for higher office...The appointment met with skepticism from Coalition for Economic Justice Executive Director Allison Duwe, who said Mr. Adams “has lobbied heavily against reforms that would ensure high perform-ance, accountability and transparency in how New York spends its economic development dollars.”


Top economic boss named

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, By Joseph Spector, January 28, 2011. Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to a key ally in the business community to head the state's economic development agency...Business groups applauded the choice, in part because Adams has backed Cuomo's call for reducing state spending and imposing a property tax cap...But Allison Duwe, executive director of the Buffalo-based Coalition for Economic Justice, said Adams has lobbied against reforms that would require more corporate accountability.


County must demand prevailing wage rates

Buffalo News, Letter to the Editor by Josh Mumm, January 11, 2011. Let’s be clear, Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ recent attempt to pressure the Legislature to rescind job standards on projects financed by the Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. will negatively impact our local economy and our work force if approved.