Finch Responds To Zemsky’s Claims about Economic Development Oversight

A statement by Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport)
January 29, 2018

“During his testimony today, Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky said that he “couldn’t be more comfortable with the oversight” of the state’s development programs. Lack of oversight and accountability allowed top administration officials to rig bids for politically connected contractors. Lack of oversight and accountability allowed a $90 million factory to be built for no one but a fortunate developer. Lack of oversight and accountability allowed the state to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on START-UP New York without any concrete metrics to evaluate the quality of the investment. Vague references to “intellectual capital” and his children’s musings about living in Buffalo wouldn’t fly in a shareholders meeting, and I hope they aren’t good enough for middle-class taxpayers who are actually paying for this.”