Howard Zemsky

Artist renderings of the "New Silos" as part of the City of Lights Proposal.
Mike Baggerman
September 17, 2019 - 7:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - SWBR Architects successfully pitched their "City of Lights" design to a group of professionals in urban planning by touting its "world class user experience" that could start immediately and provides alternatives to driving on the Skyway. The group was the winner in the seven...
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Mike Baggerman
September 04, 2019 - 1:04 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Sixteen design ideas for the Skyway were unveiled as part of the nationwide ideas contest for the future of the road. Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced the design ideas competition in February, asking firms across the country to come up with ideas on how transform Buffalo...
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Tom Puckett
May 02, 2019 - 5:48 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Howard Zemsky is stepping down as president of Empire State Development Corporation. Governor Cuomo appointed him to the post in 2015. Prior to being President of Empire State Development, Zemsky co-chaired the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. He also led...
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Tom Puckett
January 31, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Albany, NY (WBEN) State Senator Tim Kennedy says he's encouraged by State Department of Economic Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky's agreement dedicating state funding for the Buffalo Central Terminal and its overseeing organization, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation would align...
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Richard Root
October 31, 2017 - 3:43 am
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,...
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October 19, 2017 - 10:21 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The New York City metro area, Buffalo-Rochester, greater Syracuse and the Albany region are all in the running to win Amazon's second headquarters. All four regions submitted formal bids for the $5 billion project before Thursday's deadline. State leaders aren't revealing...
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Mike Baggerman
September 14, 2017 - 2:40 pm
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Courtyard Marriott in Niagara Falls on Thursday morning. The $12.8 million hotel is located at the corner of Buffalo Avenue and John B. Daly Boulevard. The building is an 82-room hotel that includes 4,700 square feet of...
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Mike Baggerman
July 12, 2017 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said that officials hope Solar City's Riverbend Plant will open "by the end of the summer", but couldn't provide a specific date for an opening. The Tesla-owned Solar City was created through the $750 million subsidy through the...
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Mike Baggerman
July 11, 2017 - 5:20 pm
BATAVIA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the expansion of the HP Hood Dairy Plant in Batavia on Tuesday afternoon. The governor said the expansion will create 230 permanent jobs while adding 500 construction positions thanks to a $200 million investment by Hood. WATCH: Governor Cuomo...
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Mike Baggerman
June 02, 2017 - 1:20 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Darwin Martin House unveiled a restored fireplace on Friday as its next goal to restore the entire Martin House Complex to its original 1907 condition as developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The wisteria mosaic fireplace was restored over a two-year period. “This started out...
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