Governor launches Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council

Council Will Drive Local Economic Development and Improve Business Climate Statewide Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development. To learn more about the Regional Councils, please visit www.nyopenforbusiness.com

Mid-Hudson Regional Council Members

Regional Co-Chairs:   Dennis Murray, President of Marist College Leonard S. Schleifer, MD, PhD, President & CEO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

General Members:              Teri Ward, President & CEO, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Carol Fitzgerald, President & CEO, Life Medical Technologies Inc. Ned Sullivan, President, Scenic Hudson, Inc. James Bernardo, President & CEO, Candela Systems Corporation Payal Malhotra, Vice President of Marketing, Café Spice GCT, Inc. Mary Rodrigues, Owner, A.J. Rodrigues Group Inc. Tom Endres, President & COO, Continental Organics Wiley C. Harrison, Founder & President of Business of Your Business, LLC Paul Ryan, President, Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, SUNY Rockland Community College Jonathan Drapkin, President and CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Aleida Frederico, Chair of the Board, Commerce Bank James Taylor, III, CEO, Taylor BioMass, LLC

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Ken Kleinpeter, Director of Farm and Facilities, Glynwood Farm Robin L. Douglas, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce Westchester & Rockland Counties Vincent Cozzolino, President & CEO, The Solar Energy Consortium Marsha Gordon, President & CEO, Westchester Business Council Al Samuels, President & CEO, Rockland Business Association Maureen Halahan, President & CEO, Orange County Partnership

Elected Officials:           Westchester County Executive Rockland County Executive Orange County Executive Dutchess County Executive Putnam County Executive Ulster County Executive Chairman of Sullivan County Legislature Mayor of the City of Yonkers Town of Ramapo Supervisor Town of Monroe Supervisor

Elected officials will serve in an ex-officio basis and will participate in discussions and the planning process. In regions composed of more than two counties (except for the New York City region), members will include:   The chief executive or supervisor of each county; and The chief executive or supervisor of the three municipalities with the largest population (limited to one municipal representative per county)