Sam Hoyt leaves state development job

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Sam Hoyt has left his position as regional president of Empire State Development's Buffalo office, a job he has held since shortly after Governor Andew Cuomo took office.

Hoyt was appointed to the position in 2011 after serving as state assemblyman from Buffalo for 19 years.

He is taking a job in the private sector and is expected to announce his next move soon, sources tell 7 Eyewitness News.

According to state payroll records, Hoyt was set to make $156,949 in 2017.

"Sam's accomplished career in public service dates back 30 years, to his work with Senator Patrick Moynihan in the late 1980s, followed by his service as legislator and, for the last six years, his hard work at ESD," said Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky. "I've had the pleasure of working with Sam on the Buffalo turnaround, during which he played a key role. Sam loves Buffalo, and Buffalo loves Sam and I'm sure the next chapter in his career will be a successful one."

During his time with ESD, Hoyt helped oversee the expansion of Canalside and further development in Downtown Buffalo.  

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