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Cuomo to WNY: Get out of the past

The Buffalo News, by Matt Glynn, July 27, 2011. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that it was time for regions such as Western New York to overcome internal rivalries and "parochialism" and come up with a unified economic-development plan as they compete for $1 billion in state funding. He also touted the state's new regional economic-development councils as a break with the "one-size-fits-all" approach of the past, allowing each region to capitalize on its unique strengths to foster growth.

Advocates Want Greater Diversity on Cuomo’s Regional Councils

Governor Cuomo announced the membership of the new Western New York Regional Economic Development Council today. Regional Councils are the state’s flagship job creation program, and it’s expected that the Governor will announce appointments to the Finger Lakes Regional Council when he stops in Rochester and the Central New York Regional Council when he stops in Syracuse later today.

The announcement comes several days after the release of a fifty-two-page plan for Regional Councils, which laid out more detail about their operation and how membership on the Councils will be structured.

Are Regional Councils Diverse Enough?

Capital Tonight, By Liz Benjamin, July 26, 2011. As we learn who will serve on some of the state’s regional economic development councils, the Alliance for a Greater New York says there are not enough viewpoints included on the councils. As Allison Duwe of the Coalition for Economic Justice explains, they want to see more labor and community organizations working alongside business leaders.

Cuomo appoints three regional councils

Capitol Confidential, by Jimmy Viekland, July 26, 2011. During a swing through Upstate America, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the members of Regional Economic Councils covering Western New York, the Finger Lakes and Central New York. Cuomo first promised these councils in January, and is finally unveiling their make-up after announcing “phase II” of his administration last week, with a top priority of “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

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