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Brian Sampson, Executive Director, Unshackle Upstate

Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY plan will attract new businesses and much needed jobs to the Upstate region and also help end the brain drain that’s plagued our communities for years.


Heather Briccetti, President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State Inc

[This proposal designed to boost the upstate economy] is an innovative approach, and illustrates that we can and should do more to make the state’s overall economy climate more competitive.


Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for NYC

Tax-Free NY will encourage economic activity in distressed areas and help ensure that New York remains at the forefront of the global innovation economy.


John E Kelly III, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, IBM

Tax Free NY is a bold and innovative proposal to attract investment and new businesses to New York's university communities.


Ken Langone

I've said it repeatedly: States need to begin helping businesses by lifting the tax burden and also creating an environment in which employees want to raise their families.  Governor Cuomo has answered that call with his Tax Free Communities initiative.


Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan

Tax-Free NY is the type of visionary thinking we need from our leaders.  Upstate New York has great strengths – like universities and entrepreneurs – that we need to continue to support. This is a creative way to do that, and to position Upstate for jobs and growth in new and promising industries.


Steve Craig, President and CEO, Commerce Chenango

Tax incentives have long been a staple in the economic development toolkit. Tax-Free NY bundles these benefits in a way that could be a game-changer.


Mary Beth Silano, Executive Director, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

This announcement is an exciting day for small businesses in Delaware County… incentive to attract small-startup businesses to the Delhi community, which will have a trickle down effect for Delaware County as a whole.


Richard M. Bivone, Nassau Chairman and Robert Fonti, Suffolk Chairman, Long Island Business Council

The Governor’s Tax-Free NY program will attract new business ventures to the region and help promote business on Long Island. In the long-run, this is a win for the taxpayers of Nassau and Suffolk County.


Hubert Keen, President, Farmingdale State College

The Governor’s plan recognizes the valuable role that SUNY campuses such as Farmingdale play in economic development and the creation of jobs.


Garry Douglas, President, North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair, North Country REDC

We thank the Governor for this exciting new toolbox and know that the North Country is very ready to use it well.


Tony Collins, Co-Chair, North Country REDC

The Governor’s Tax-Free NY initiative makes it loud and clear that New York State is open for business and we are ready.  

Community Development Corporation of Long Island

Gov Cuomo hits a home run with Tax-Free NY! Strategy will grow hi tech jobs and innovation economy on Long Island.


Lawrence A. Kushnick, Chairman, Huntington Chamber

I estimate that any start-up business will save over 30% in overhead costs that are largely made up of tax expenditures.  For many, this is a dream come true as it will transform the ability for business to grow and compete in the ever changing national and international business environment.  


Kevin Keeley, President and CEO, Chemung Chamber of Commerce

Not only does Tax-Free NY provide a decade of certainty about government’s support, but this creative initiative actually lowers the start-up’s cost of doing business. That’s pretty insightful.


Amherst Chamber of Commerce

The residents of the Buffalo Niagara region will all benefit as the resources that support the services that provide us with a high quality of life are increased as a result of the Governor’s creative vision.


Jean McPheeters, President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Tompkins County has attractive assets already including good schools, natural beauty, and a vibrant business economy. A no-tax policy for new ventures in partnership with educational institutions could make this region unbeatable.



NYS is no longer sitting back & waiting for things to happen, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership we are working to attract, build and motive startups and business to see NYS as the place to locate & build their companies.


Barbara Ann Heegan, President, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

By creating tax-free communities around SUNY system schools the Governor is attracting new jobs, building partnerships between educational institutions and private businesses and economic activity that will allow us to continue building the economy of tomorrow.


Deanna Alterio, President, Niagara Chamber

Not only will it strengthen our higher education institutes as economic drivers but it has the potential to keep and attract younger generations to Upstate NY and hopefully closer to home in WNY.


Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

As the economy continues to strengthen, these initiatives will bring unemployment to even lower levels and help foster the entrepreneurial spirit that lives in many of us.


David Hochman, Executive Director, Business Incubator Association of New York State, Inc

The zones would also provide New York State a very attractive tool for inward attraction of established companies that seek university/industry partnerships or simply want to be in a university environment because of the access it affords to trained students, to faculty consultants, or to specialized equipment.


Peter A. Baynes, Executive Director, New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM)

NYCOM applauds Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY initiative as a bold effort to maximize the economic potential of New York’s world-class colleges and the communities in which they are located. 


Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director, New York Association of Counties (NYSAC)

On behalf of the 62 counties of New York, which are sponsors of our community colleges and home to our state colleges and universities, we appreciate the Governor's continued community-based economic development emphasis in all areas of the state.


County Executive Steven Bellone, Suffolk County

I applaud Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY initiative as it provides an innovative opportunity for start-up companies and businesses looking to expand facilities and operations to locate on SUNY campuses, receive tax incentives and create synergies with institutions of higher learning. 


County Executive Picente, Oneida County

The Tax-Free NY program that Governor Cuomo has put forward will give a tremendous boost to the upstate economy.


County Executive Debbie Preston Broome County

I applaud Governor Cuomo for building on one of our biggest assets, our Universities, as we continue to send a strong message to the rest of the nation, that Broome County is open for business.


Mayor Jerry Jennings, City of Albany

As further evidence of Governor's Cuomo's commitment to invest in Upstate New York, the creation of "Tax-Free Communities" is, yet, another bold initiative designed to marry businesses with our educational institutions. 


Mayor Robert Palmieri, City of Utica

This program is a bold measure that will create jobs at remarkably little cost to the state, and help to breathe new life into the upstate economy. 


Mayor Paul Dyster, City of Niagara Falls

Today's bold initiative by Gov. Cuomo entices new business start-ups with the one-two punch of partnership with institutions of higher learning and tax-free operations for their first ten years of operation.


Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, City of Buffalo

Governor Cuomo’s leadership on reviving the Upstate economy has already produced dramatic results, and with Tax-Free NY, there is no better place to start or grow a company than the Empire State


County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County

I wish to commend Governor Andrew Cuomo for fully recognizing the economic impact SUNY has in the Capital District and throughout the state.


Mayor Thomas Gillen, City of Oswego

Today’s announcement of the Tax-Free NY Plan represents a bold and dynamic choice by Governor Cuomo to re-invest in our communities.  By utilizing the unique resources that Oswego offers, we are poised to grow our local economy and attract emerging technology jobs. 


John R. Halstead, President, SUNY Brockport

SUNY is a key driver of our state's economy and this proposal will further enhance the strong role that we play in transforming our local communities.


Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College

Governor Cuomo’s innovative Tax-Free NY plan will provide even more incentives to build such synergistic partnerships, creating jobs and moving our region forward. 


Candace S. Vancko, President, SUNY Delhi

Governor Cuomo has again demonstrated his leadership and commitment to promoting economic growth in Upstate New York. Tax Free NY will open the door for exciting new opportunities by providing incentives for entrepreneurs to draw on the academic resources of SUNY campuses by forming economic development partnerships.


Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town of North Hempstead

Governor Cuomo has made a number of significant improvements to New York State’s approach toward businesses in the past 28 months.  Tax-Free NY goes hand in hand with that mission to build a New York that welcomes private investment and job creation. 


GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt

As a company with 9,000 employees in New York State, I applaud Governor Cuomo for taking this initiative to help spur the state's economy. This collaboration among the state's university system, business leaders and entrepreneurs is a creative approach to creating jobs across the state. 

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