Sam Hoyt Meets The Media

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) After 19 years as a member of the New York State Assembly, Sam Hoyt called it quits Thursday to take on a new role.

In a 2p.m. news conference held Friday at his office, Sam stood alone to meet the media after news of his resignation came in Thursday.

Hoyt said he was looking forward to his new position, and did not have a comment on who might succeed him in the New York State Assembly.

Friday, Governor Cuomo officially announced a special election for September 13th to coincide with the Statewide Primary Day.

In a release from Albany, Cuomo noted that voters will fill six vacant Assembly Seats and 9th Congressional District Seat.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued proclamations setting special elections for six vacant Assembly seats and the 9th Congressional District for September 13th in order to coincide with New York’s statewide Primary Day.

In addition to the 9th Congressional District, the current Assembly districts with vacancies to be filled on September 13th are:

· 23rd Assembly District
· 27th Assembly District
· 54th Assembly District
· 73rd Assembly District
· 116th Assembly District
· 144th Assembly District

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued this statement Friday about Hoyt's new appointment.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday the appointment of Sam Hoyt to serve as Senior Vice President for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation.

"Sam Hoyt has dedicated his life to serving the people of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "During his almost 20 years in the New York State Assembly, Sam has proven to be a dedicated public servant who puts the needs of his constituents and community first. He has demonstrated the type of dedication and enthusiasm required for this new challenge."

Mr. Hoyt served as the Assembly representative for the 144th Assembly District located in Western New York. Among his many awards, Mr. Hoyt was honored in 2008 as the Elected Official of the Year by the State Historic Preservation Office and by the American Institute of Architects. In 2009, he sponsored legislation to improve the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit which signed into law in July of that year.

Mr. Hoyt will work on economic development throughout upstate, including coordinating with the Regional Economic Development Councils. Mr. Hoyt's primary initial focus will be in Western New York.

"Sam, you know, did well in terms of pushing for the interests of western new york especially for the people in his district," said State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak. "So it's going to create a void but also opportunities for other members of the Delegation."

"I hope he continues to be an advocate for the Buffalo Niagara Region and hopes he works well with the Cuomo Administration and brings economic development to our area," said State Assemblyman John Ceretto.