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Zemsky: Changes To Bidding In Response To Scandal Will Be Delayed

Karen DeWitt with Howard Zemsky
Karen DeWitt | NY Now

Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Governor Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, says the governor’s economic development chair Howard Zemsky.

Buffalo businessman and Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky is trying to pick up the pieces after 9 criminal complaints have been issued against  two former Cuomo associates, including a top former aid, along with the former head of SUNY Polytechnic, who oversaw the contracts for the Buffalo Billion and other projects.  

Zemsky, in an interview with public radio and television,   says some contracts may need to be rebid, but won’t say which ones. He says some vendors chosen by SUNY Poly as a “preferred supplier” where the contract has not been finalized, might be scrapped for other arrangements.

But he defends the governor’s economic development programs and says the “vast majority” of the programs will be completed, though he admits there’s a cloud hanging over it all.

“I know what it’s like when somebody does something wrong and kind of casts a shadow,” Zemsky said. “Or someone potentially does something wrong, and that kind of casts a shadow on a lot of good work by a lot of good people.”

Zemsky says the new rules and changes that he says will prevent  corruption in the future will be out in time for the next Empire State Development board meeting in mid November.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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