17 join Start-Up NY program, but none on LI

Howard ZemskyEconomic development czar Howard Zemsky is defending the state's incubator program.

A host of new companies have joined the Start-Up NY program, giving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s flagging jobs-creation program a needed shot in the arm.

Taking heavy fire over the program, including a coalition of state lawmakers and activists demanding the program be suspended and audited by the state comptroller, Cuomo fired back Monday, announcing that 17 new companies have signed on and are “committed” to creating 343 new jobs across New York.

None of the 17 companies are on Long Island. The closest is ItechUSA, Inc. a new R&D company working on handheld electronic systems to monitor vital signs. The company will locate to the Downstate Bio-Technology Incubator in Brooklyn and has committed to creating 100 new jobs.

Other companies included in Monday’s announcement include a textile manufacturer, a honey-wine maker and a pharmaceuticals-packing firm relocating near SUNY Cobleskill, promising a combined 79 jobs; three early-stage software developers relocating to spaces around the University of Rochester, committing to 59 combined jobs; and two medical-device manufacturers, two software developers and a Canadian company that converts organic waste into a clean-burning alternative fuel, all hanging shingles around the University at Buffalo, with a combined 39 jobs promised.

Also approved for Start-Up NY participation, according to the governor’s office:

A North Carolina business developing a technology platform that connects commercial building owners to electricians, plumbers and other service providers, relocating near Binghamton University (25 jobs)

  • A Maryland-based company that develops high-performance compound semiconductor components and will be relocating its Connecticut-based R&D operations to Binghamton (14 jobs)
  • An existing New York State company that will partner with the Finger Lakes Community College Instrumentation and Control Technologies Program to bring robotics and automation to construction sites (eight jobs)
  • Another existing company, this one developing cleaning and disinfecting products for the food service and healthcare industries, that will also partner with the Finger Lakes Community College ICTP (10 jobs)
  • An existing New York State company that’s developing a “machine learning-driven computer adaptive testing system to mimic advanced exams with appropriate statistical analysis and software development,” which is moving into the Varick Street Incubator outside New York University (14 jobs)

Howard Zemsky, whom Cuomo appointed in January to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development, said Monday’s announcement “demonstrates our ability to attract entrepreneurs to the Empire State.”

“The Start-Up NY program continues to attract a tremendous amount of interest, with thousands of leads and inquiries coming in,” Zemsky said. “We are working hard to turn the substantial interest being generated by the program into thousands of new jobs.”