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Press Release

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) today announced that Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Council, effective immediately. McKinney Cherry replaces Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises, who served as the business Co-Chair since the council’s inception in 2011. McKinney Cherry joins academic Co-Chair Harvey Stenger, as the STREDC continues working to grow the economy in the eight county Southern Tier region which includes: Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins counties. “The Regional Economic Development Council process has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract high-tech businesses, and improve the economy and quality of life in the Southern Tier,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “With the appointment of Judy McKinney Cherry as the new co-chair of the Southern Tier REDC, the council will continue to work together with leaders in academia, business and nonprofits to ensure continued economic growth and success across the region.” Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director SCOPED said, “I am honored and grateful to Governor Cuomo for this appointment to serve as co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.  I look forward to working with Harvey Stenger, and all of the team members who have done a fantastic job since the governor convened these councils in 2011.  I would also like to thank Tom Tranter for his incredible commitment to the council and to our community. We are all better off for his having worked on our behalf. We have important work ahead ensuring continued economic prosperity as the region continues to soar.” STREDC Co-Chair, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said, “Tom Tranter’s leadership on behalf of our region has been extraordinary in its impact. For eight years, his dedication, vision, and drive have been at the heart of the STREDC.  Our success as a council has been grounded in his belief that the collaborations at and beyond our table are key to driving real, lasting economic opportunity in our community. On behalf of the entire council, I thank Tom for his exemplary service. I am also delighted to welcome Judy as the new STREDC co-chair.  Her commitment to Southern Tier economic development initiatives and optimism about our future will lead to our continued success." Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises said, "It was an honor to serve as a co-chair for the STREDC for the last eight years. Governor Cuomo developed an excellent program for economic development and it has attracted many dedicated people working to make the Southern Tier stronger.  We have made significant headway on a number of projects, laying a solid foundation for the region. I believe that the future is bright.” McKinney-Cherry, who has served as a member of the STREDC since 2015, currently is a member of the Council’s Executive Committee and serves as a Co-Chair for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative Innovation Cultures Committee. McKinney Cherry previously  served as the principal of New Growth Strategies (NGS), a boutique consulting firm specializing in innovative business strategies for private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Judy is a certified professional economic developer with over 20 years of experience in the combined areas of demography, information technology, Geographic Information Systems, economic development strategy & tactics, community-based services and health-related non-profit. Judy also previously served in the State of Delaware Governor’s Cabinet for six years as Director of Economic Development. For more about McKinney-Cherry, click here. The REDC process has transformed New York State government’s approach economic development, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Through eight rounds of the REDC competition, the STREDC has delivered $613.3 million for 655 projects. To learn more about the STREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/southern-tier. Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements Southern Tier Soaring, the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.   Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Blog Post

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 2:02pm
Building a better battery with more storage and a longer shelf life has long been the goal of traditional battery research. But to develop and mass produce batteries that are greener and more affordable takes the kind of supercharged effort that’s underway in New York State. In the state’s Southern Tier, the development of new battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage – fueled by innovative support and partnerships – has contributed to a larger cleantech boom throughout the region that advances Governor Cuomo’s plan to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040.
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Press Release

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:30pm
ROOST President James​ McKenna Succeeds Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, as Business Co-Chair Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, Succeeds Clarkson University President Dr. Anthony G. Collins as Academic Co-Chair The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today announced that James McKenna, CEO of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, have been appointed Co-Chairs of the Council. They succeed Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, and Dr. Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University President, who served as Co-Chairs since the inception of the regional councils in 2011. "The Regional Economic Development Council process has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract more visitors, and improve the economy and quality of life in the North Country," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "With the appointment of Jim McKenna and Dr. Ty Stone as the North Country REDC’s new co-chairs, the council will continue to work together with leaders in academia, business and nonprofits to ensure continued economic growth and success across the region." NCREDC Co-Chair and ROOST CEO James McKenna said, "It has been my privilege to serve on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and I'm honored to assume one of the Council Co-Chair positions. Over the past eight years, the Council's collective efforts have supported sustainable economic growth by encouraging new investments and job creation across the North Country, and I look forward to working with Dr. Stone to ensure that we continue to build on that momentum." NCREDC Co-Chair and Jefferson Community College President Dr. Ty Stone said, "I’m honored to be named as co-chair of the NCREDC and look forward to working with James McKenna to continue the important work in bringing attention to and securing resources for critical economic and workforce development initiatives in North Country. Our region has institutional assets that — when appropriately connected, leveraged, and resourced — are poised to make significant advancements and contributions to our economy and community. I am excited to engage our college and our community in this essential work." Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, said, "Having the opportunity to join with Tony Collins in leading a great team from across the region to engage in economic development in an entirely new way was a privilege and an honor. It's easy to lose sight after eight years of just how much Governor Cuomo changed things for us, empowering us to set our own strategies and trusting us to establish our own priorities. Most of all, the REDC process brought the seven county North Country together in common purpose and partnership, bringing benefits to this region on a routine basis through shared support. My thanks to the Governor for his confidence these past eight years, to Tony Collins for the remarkable experience of working with him as a true partner, and to all the REDC members and volunteers for all their teamwork. And finally, best wishes to our successors who I know will lead the process to further heights."   Dr. Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University President, said, "Eight years ago, Governor Cuomo introduced a ground-breaking approach to economic development that leveraged the unique attributes of each region in the Empire State. Through unprecedented public participation across communities and sectors, the North Country created a sustainable shared vision that has elevated global recognition of our region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study. With Garry Douglas – who I met for the first time through this process – we are grateful to all the NCREDC board members, elected representatives, agency staff and community citizens who have advanced innovative workforce opportunities and invigorated the quality of life here and for all New Yorkers." For the past 37 years, Mr. McKenna has served as the President and CEO of ROOST, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation that promotes regional tourism and economic growth in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks. He represented the Village of Lake Placid at nine Olympic Winter Games and continues to deliver national and international presentations about the region's Olympic heritage, while serving as a founding delegate to the World Union of Olympic Cities. Mr. McKenna engineered the formation of ROOST and supports its efforts to balance strategic tourism marketing with destination planning initiatives to encourage sustainable economic growth for the region. Dr. Stone began her tenure as the sixth president of Jefferson Community College in July 2017. She holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a master’s in business administration from Trinity University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia Union College. Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Stone served as vice president for strategic initiatives at Sinclair Community College in Ohio, where she was recognized for leading the innovative and successful Enrollment by Design initiative. Dr. Stone has recognized the importance of partnerships as cornerstones of a viable community throughout her career and continues to develop strong ties with leaders of various disciplines in the North Country through volunteer work and board participation. Through eight rounds of the REDC initiative, the North Country has secured $614.3 million in state funding to support more than 600 projects. The NCREDC is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. For more information about the NCREDC, please visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov/north-country. About the Regional Economic Development Councils The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.   Contact: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Blog Post

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 1:02pm
The Capital Region’s “Tech Valley” has become a globally recognized hub for nanotechnology—and a recent announcement by IBM will help to build even further on that reputation.  Earlier this month, New York State and IBM announced a research partnership to create an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hardware Center at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany. The AI Hardware Center, home to AI-focused computer chip research, prototyping, testing and simulation, is part of the company’s $2+ billion investment at the Albany campus and at the IBM Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights. New York State will also partner with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to support the project, which will draw other high-tech companies to become members of the AI Hardware Center. Initial member companies include Applied Materials, Samsung and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL).  The research partnership between New York State and IBM will have innovative and educational impacts to the SUNY campuses, at Albany and beyond, with IBM planning to invest in SUNY-wide artificial intelligence-related research—at least $30 million in both cash and in-kind contributions—with a SUNY match of up to $25 million. IBM will also continue to partner and grow, through at least 2023, with SUNY Poly’s Center for Semiconductor Research. The AI Hardware Center is part of a newly created ESD and SUNY partnership—the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES)—that is leading projects to grow the state’s high-tech economy. NY CREATES is streamlining management of SUNY Poly’s economic development portfolio and ensuring the integrity, transparency and accountability of state-supported tech projects. A 2018 Georgetown University report recently confirmed the Tech Valley’s draw as a high-tech R&D destination, citing more than 60,000 jobs in the region that are attributable to nanotechnology.
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Blog Post

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:56pm
Companies are continuing to move and expand in New York State, across industries and regions, bringing jobs and opportunities. A snapshot of some of those moves over the past three months captures diverse growth and a testament to all that New York has to offer. Diageo: The British-based company is investing $31 million to relocate its main North America office to New York City. The new 87,000-square-foot office, at 3 World Trade Center, will attract 350 new jobs and host an estimated 500 total jobs. Diageo, one of the world’s largest alcohol beverage companies, was named in 2018 by Thomson-Reuters as one of the top 25 most diverse and inclusive companies for the third year in a row.   Rochester Precision Optics: The manufacturer of high precision lenses and optic systems is expanding its headquarters, incorporating the relocation of an Infrared R&D company and the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot facility. The new space in the Town of Henrietta will add more than 200 jobs in Monroe County, retain 275 jobs and allow for growth in production across divisions, including plastics, glass coating, diamond turning and IT. The company’s $20+ million expansion reinforces the Finger Lakes as a hub for optics, photonics and imaging.   LiDestri Food and Drink and Crop’s N.V.: Two established food companies are partnering in a new company at Rochester’s Eastman Business Park, to manufacture ready-to-eat meals at a new 65,000-square-foot-facility. Crops N.V., a Belgium-based manufacturer and distributor of frozen food, and LiDestri Food and Drink, a manufacturer of pasta sauces, dips and salsa are joining forces in the $51.3 million project that will create 123 new full-time jobs over the next five years and retain 900 at LiDestri’s two Finger Lakes locations.  Byrne Dairy’s Ultra Dairy: Groundbreaking in December for Byrne Dairy’s $24 million Ultra Dairy plant is just the first phase in a three-phase company expansion. The $125 million plan calls for adding 42,000 square feet to the Onondaga County plant, increasing the space for processing and storage, and will add nearly 250 new jobs—all of which adds to the growth of New York State’s agriculture industry. Byrne Dairy, a fourth-generation, family-owned business, was founded in 1933 and operates four production facilities in Central New York.
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Blog Post

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:47pm
Three recent announcements highlighting medical research, a sports arena and growth in job opportunities for newcomers, reflect a bigger picture of growth in Utica—and in the greater Mohawk Valley. The city has been home to the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI), a renowned cardiac research center, for the past 60 years. MMRI, which continues to attract top life science talent from top-tier universities and from around the world to the area, is in the midst of a $25 million, multi-year project that continues its transformation as a 21st century facility for interdisciplinary and translational research. MMRI is expanding its research focus beyond cardiovascular disease to include finding new treatments for neurogenerative disease, autoimmunity, diabetes and cancer. Just last month, ESD announced an additional $6 million Life Science Award that will allow creation of a state-of-the-art laboratory to continue research and help speed the development and movement of therapeutic approaches into in clinical trials.    
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Blog Post

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:38pm
Amazon’s decision to withdraw their headquarters from Long Island City is a major lost opportunity for New Yorkers and a loss for Empire State Development. Despite this, I think it’s important to highlight a couple of words that have been missing from the public dialogue in the months since this project was announced. Those words are simply THANK YOU. THANK YOU to our team at ESD who did exemplary work supporting every area of the state that submitted a proposal to Amazon. From helping cities evaluate their real estate options and research their relative strengths to presenting their proposal in the most positive way, ESD brought every resource to the table – and the team should be immensely proud of their efforts. THANK YOU to the Amazon selection team who spent so much time with us. You took the time to understand the state of our state and city – our creditworthiness, our investments in infrastructure, our commitment to higher education (particularly the Excelsior Scholarship Program), the quality of our colleges and universities, and the core values of our state as a champion of civil rights and as a proponent of tolerance in an era of…well, the opposite –  virtues that will undoubtedly continue to serve New York well. New York City was not on anyone’s short list and Long Island City, Queens was not on anyone’s long list – so, thank you for the vote of confidence. THANK YOU to the team at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, who did a fantastic job from beginning to end. One silver lining for us is the relationships and trust we’ve developed with EDC during this project, and we look forward to continuing that partnership. My final THANK YOU is to Governor Cuomo, who has been in our corner fighting for this project from day one. His trust and confidence in ESD continues to be the honor of a lifetime. On a personal note, I am of course profoundly disappointed in the outcome. I’ve always encouraged my colleagues to steer clear of hyperbolic language, but this is just tragic – while no lives were lost, many thousands of livelihoods were. The only productive way forward is for ESD to be true to ourselves. Being in economic development means being in the business of providing people with opportunity – and we still have work to do. Now more than ever, we must promote the many remarkable assets that brought Amazon to New York in the first place. Howard Zemsky CEO, Commissioner, and President Empire State Development
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Press Release

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:00am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors competition, ahead of the WorldPride and Stonewall 50 commemorations planned for June. WorldPride, the largest international LGBTQ Pride celebration, is coming to New York City in 2019, marking the first time it has been held in the United States. The commemoration includes marches, performances and festivals that promote the LGBTQ rights movement, and the WorldPride Ambassadors selected to highlight the diversity of New York's LGBTQ community will be invited to join I LOVE NY in New York City to be part of the celebration, including participating in the Pride March. "From the Stonewall rebellion to the recent passage of GENDA, New York State has been at the forefront of the LGBTQ rights movement, making it the ideal destination for WorldPride this year," Governor Cuomo said. "Together with our WorldPride Ambassadors, we will show that there is no place for hate in our state as we celebrate the LGBTQ community and continue to fight for a safe and equal nation for all." "There is no better venue for the first WorldPride coming to America than New York City during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which launched the national modern day LGBTQ rights movement," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We stand with the LGBTQ community continuing to fight for their rights and protections, including the passage of the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act and a ban on conversion therapy recently. The WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors Competition will allow New Yorkers to share what makes their community special with countless tourists here to celebrate love and diversity." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 4:00pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Innovative Solutions has officially marked the company's move to its new location in the Town of Henrietta. The software development company has relocated to a 19,000-square-foot facility on East River Road, repurposing a building at the former Eastman Kodak Marketing Education Center. The facility, now dubbed the Riverwood Tech Campus, is being developed to service the region's developing collaborative technology companies' industry. The state's investment in the state-of-the-art company complements "Finger Lakes Forward"—the region's comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy. "New York State and the Finger Lakes region in particular are home to some of the most talent-rich tech companies in the industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Supporting businesses like Innovative Solutions that invest in the area and support a 21st century economy while creating good-paying jobs helps generate new opportunities and move the Finger Lakes forward." "The opening of Innovative Solutions in a repurposed building at the former Eastman Kodak Center is creating new ideas in old spaces," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "With their expansion, the software company already hired 10 employees in Henrietta, some from the local talent pool at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This investment is growing the high-tech industry and creating new opportunities for residents, while continuing to move the economy of the Finger Lakes region forward." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:39pm
See photos of Gigi’s Northland Restaurant here. Empire State Development (ESD) and the City of Buffalo today announced the grand opening of Gigi’s Northland restaurant located at the Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC) in Buffalo. The 3,900 square foot, full-service kitchen and café at 683 Northland Avenue will serve a clientele that includes students from NWTC, area residents, and previous diners who enjoyed the restaurant at its former location on East Ferry Street. The well-known restaurant has been located on Buffalo’s East Side since the 1960’s but closed three years ago following a fire at its previous location. “This project is a great example of the public-private partnerships happening across the Western New York region,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky.  “Gigi’s will further catalyze Buffalo's East Side redevelopment while adding to the overall success of the Northland Workforce Training Center.” “Today is a day to celebrate new beginnings and a new future for Buffalo’s iconic Gigi’s restaurant,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today’s event. “When a devastating fire tore through Gigi’s, the community rallied together determined to reopen the establishment and continue serving residents. The new Gigi’s complements our investment at the Northland Workforce Training Center, which is transforming the East Side with an innovative workforce development strategy for Western New York.”  “Gigi’s is one of the most iconic restaurants in the City of Buffalo," said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “While I am saddened that Gigi's founder Blondine Harvin is not here for this grand opening, I am comforted knowing her legacy lives on at the restaurant. I am proud to partner with Governor Cuomo and the Empire State Development Corporation to bring back this East Side staple to the sleek, state-of-the-art Northland Campus. I encourage residents to support this local treasure and enjoy some of the best soul food in the City.” Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) selected Gigi’s as a tenant for the Northland restaurant space to provide food for the NWTC students, employees and staff, as well as for diners from the surrounding neighborhood and elsewhere. The eatery is located on the northeast corner of the building and is accessible to the public either through the main lobby entrance or through a separate patio. “Buffalo Urban Development Corporation is pleased to have Gigi’s Northland opening up as our second tenant at Northland Central (683 Northland),” said Peter M. Cammarata, President of BUDC. “Early in the planning process for the Northland Campus, we felt that is was imperative to have a food service operator in place to support the students, businesses, and neighbors who would be gravitating to this transitional community.  With its rich heritage on Buffalo’s East Side, GiGi’s Northland is the perfect match.  The State of New York and the City of Buffalo have worked closely with Darryl Harvin to make his mother’s vision of a resurrected community icon come true.” Gigi’s was operated for decades at 257 East Ferry Street by Blondine “Gigi” Harvin. Gigi’s son, Darryl Harvin, is the owner and operator of the new Gigi’s, which features a menu that includes many of the soul food favorites that made it famous, plus some healthier options that include farm-to-table selections, yogurt and paninis that can be taken to go. The restaurant will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. “Gigi’s is excited to be open at Northland,” said Darryl Harvin, Gigi’s Northland Owner. “We thank BUDC and Empire State Development for this opportunity to once again serve the community the food they know and love with a few new specialties also on the menu. To the students of Northland and the entire region, I am pleased and proud to say, ‘Welcome to Gigi’s!” The Northland Workforce Training Center is an important part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion vision for a new and vibrant Northland Avenue community. It is designed to create a successful workforce pipeline for qualified community members to become highly-skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing and energy industries. Since it opened in the fall of 2018, the center’s focus has been on providing a comprehensive pathway to manufacturing and energy careers with good pay through industry education, job training, leadership development, life skills training, quality of life and community assistance, job placement, and follow up to ensure a successful job transition. Stephen Tucker, Northland Workforce Training Center President & CEO, said, “We are excited about the opening of Gigi’s Restaurant in Northland Workforce Training Center. Their history as a staple in the community that provides quality food options is a welcomed addition to the Northland Corridor and supports the renaissance that’s happening on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Workforce Training Center is being funded with $29 million from the Buffalo Billion and $15 million from the New York Power Authority. John R. Koelmel, New York Power Authority Chairman said, “The return of Gigi’s is a welcome boost for the City of Buffalo and entire Western New York region, and is specifically significant in the economic transformation of the East Side. The Northland Workforce Training Center is on track to be a world class facility, attracting new businesses and training for clean energy and manufacturing jobs in the region. The Power Authority is pleased to welcome back an enterprising business that will support existing tenants and encourage additional growth in the neighborhood.” Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “While this is a celebration of Gigi’s reopening here at the Northland Workforce Training Center following that devastating fire almost four years ago, it’s also a bittersweet reopening, because Blondine Harvin, the woman responsible for bringing Gigi’s to the Queen City, is no longer with us. But I can assure you she’s smiling down on us knowing that her legacy of bringing the best soul food, fried chicken, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, and my favorite salmon cakes and grits will continue for another 60 years.  We thank and congratulate Blondine and her son Darryl for one of the greatest gifts you can offer anyone- a good home cooked meal.” Senator Tim Kennedy said, “For years, Gigi's has been an iconic Buffalo gem, embedded in the fabric of our city's East Side and cherished by the people who call it home. While a fire may have halted operations temporarily, I'm thrilled to see this restaurant reopen inside a new city anchor: the Northland Workforce Training Center. This new partnership will not only benefit the students and staff who visit the Center daily, but the surrounding neighborhoods and the many who have missed the soul food Gigi's is known for serving.” Common Council President Darius Pridgen said, “This opening is important to the Buffalo community. It's wasn't just a symbolic choice to open at the Northland Corridor, it was a necessary one for the city. I'm thankful Miss Gigi got a chance to know that her name would live on and that it will be located within a facility to help train and educate everyone that enters the building. Today, her legacy will continue to take care of men and women when they need it.” Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. said, “We are proud to have worked alongside the Harvin family to ensure that the vision of Gigi’s staying on the East Side is realized. Blondine ‘Gigi’ Harvin would be proud of the progress and the coalition around keeping her dream of serving the community alive.”   Contacts: Pamm Lent (Governor’s office) | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8309 Laura Magee (ESD) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239
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