Empire State Development (ESD)


Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.



NYC Office:   633 Third Ave., New York NY, 10017    Map this
Albany Office:   625 Broadway, Albany NY, 12207    Map this
Buffalo Office:   95 Perry St., Suite 500, Buffalo NY, 14203    Map this

Contact Numbers

NYC Office:  (212) 803-3100
NYC Office:  Fax:  (212) 803-3131
Albany Office:  (518) 292-5100
Buffalo Office:  (716) 846-8200

Board of Directors

Director - Howard Zemsky , Ex officio
Appointed Mar 30, 2015
Additional Position(s): Empire State Development President & CEO; NYS Department of Economic Development, Commissioner
Director - Derrick D. Cephas, Esq.
Reappointed - May 20, 2009.
Appointed Jan 29, 2008
Additional Position(s): Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Partner
Robert R. Dyson
Appointed Mar 16, 2010
Additional Position(s): The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, Chairman & CEO
Hilda Rosario Escher
Appointed Jun 16, 2015
Additional Position(s): Ibero-American Action League, President & CEO
Director - Eric J. Gertler
Appointed Jun 20, 2018
Additional Position(s): U.S News & World Report, Chairman; Ulysses Ventures, CEO
Cesar A. Perales
Appointed Jun 17, 2016
Maria T. Vullo , Ex officio
Appointed Feb 23, 2016
Additional Position(s): NYS Department of Financial Services, Superintendent