Sam Hoyt Leaving Public Life

Unconfirmed, but widely reported to be leaving Empire State Development

Richard Root
October 31, 2017 - 3:43 am
Sam Hoyt



Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Sam Hoyt, a fixture in local politics and government, is leaving, or has already left, public life.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky issued a statement that implies Hoyt has left the ESD.  You can read the statement below.

As of yesterday, Hoyt's departure has not been made official, although it is being widely reported.

Hoyt has been a part of local politics for 30 years.  He was an assemblyman before taking on the ESD role for Buffalo in 2011.

As part of Empire State Development, Hoyt has been part of the revival of the Buffalo waterfront and the development of Canalside.  He is, or was, also vice chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority.

There has been no word of a replacement for Hoyt in his various roles.

“Sam's accomplished career in public service dates back 30 years, to his work with Senator Patrick Moynihan in the late 1980s, followed by his service as a legislator and, for the last six years, his hard work at ESD. I've had the pleasure of working with Sam on the Buffalo turnaround, during which he played a key role. Sam loves Buffalo, and Buffalo loves Sam and I'm sure the next chapter in his career will be a very successful one."

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