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Economic development boss up for confirmation

ALBANY -- Looks like the Cuomo administration will have its economic development czar approved on Tuesday, if a peak at the Senate committee agendas is a good guide.

Kenneth Adams, the former head of the Business Council of New York State, is on the agenda of three Senate panels –- economic development, corporations and authorities, and finance -– Tuesday morning.

The committees are considering Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s nomination of Adams to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Empire State Development Corp., as well as the commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.

Adams, a Brooklyn resident, will, if confirmed by the Senate, be the point person for Cuomo to run a program expected to be approved in the state budget process to create regional councils around the state to come up with local priorities for state economic development spending. Adams also will be responsible for negotiating with companies to locate or stay in the state.

-- Tom Precious

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Tom Precious

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