Charles A. Gargano
In 1995, the Honorable Charles A. Gargano was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki to his current position as Chairman and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation and Vice-Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Chairman Gargano advises the Governor on economic policy, implements key initiatives and programs to strengthen New York State’s economic competitiveness, and oversees billions of dollars of economic development projects creating thousands of jobs. Under his leadership, capital investments to New York State include the revitalization of Times Square, the redevelopment of a new Pennsylvania Station, and the ongoing renewal of Niagara Falls.
Following September 11th, he took the lead in energizing the economic recovery and overseeing federally subsidized programs for New York. In the years since, he has directed the State’s efforts in the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan, including restoring and building key transportation projects and rebuilding the business community.
As a licensed professional engineer and a former United States ambassador, who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Chairman Gargano is an American public servant who brings unique strengths to Governor Pataki’s Administration.