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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.