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"Chairman's committee" announced

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After a week of barnstorming the state announcing regional economic development councils (a syllable-heavy way of saying local leader pow-wows trying to create jobs), Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has announced the "chairman's committee," the sort of grand poobah council that will help regions work together, solve disputes and take in feedback.
Julie Suarez, the director of public policy for the Farm Bureau of New York, is perhaps the most familiar name on the list to north country-ites. Frequent news release quote maven Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate also made the state-wide cut.
Here's the full list:
Laura Anglin, President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York
Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO, NY Academy of Sciences
Julie Suarez, Director of Public Policy, NYS Farm Bureau
Antonio M. Perez, Chairman & CEO, Eastman Kodak Company
Bill Thompson, Chair of M/WBE Task Force
Denis Hughes, President, NYS AFL-CIO
Edward Malloy, President, Building & Construction Trades Council
Heather Briccetti, Acting President & CEO, The Business Council
Brian McMahon, Executive Director, NYS Economic Development Council
Brian Sampson, Executive Director, Unshackle Upstate
Michael P. Durant New York State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses
Jan Marie Chesterton, IOM President, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association

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