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Empire State Development Announces New Long Island Regional Director

Cara Longworth Will Serve as ESD’s Director for the Long Island Region and Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
(February 13, 2015)

Empire State Development Announces New Long Island Regional Director

Empire State Development today announced that Cara Longworth has been appointed Regional Director for Long Island. As Regional Director, Ms. Longworth will work under the leadership of incoming President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky, managing daily operations of the Long Island office and promoting economic development practices that both retain and attract businesses and create jobs in the region. In addition, Ms. Longworth will serve as Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC), coordinating the Council’s activities and helping to implement the Council’s Strategic Plan.

“As evidenced by her prior positions, Cara Longworth is no stranger to Long Island. Her wealth of experience, combined with a strong background in economic development in the region makes her the ideal fit to lead our efforts in Nassau and Suffolk counties,” said incoming President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “With Cara’s knowledge and familiarity with Long Island’s industries and constituencies, we are confident in her abilities to advance our goals of fostering private sector growth, creating jobs and strengthening the economy. As Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Council, her work ethic and leadership will be a great asset in advancing the Council’s vision and strategic plan to grow the regional economy.”

Ms. Longworth earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton and her law degree from Hofstra University, after which she spent eight years as an assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's office. She began working in economic and community development twelve years ago as the Executive Director of the Glen Cove Community and Industrial Development Agencies, where she oversaw the Glen Cove Waterfront Revitalization project – a multi-million dollar project that reclaimed and remediated a 50 acre waterfront parcel and returned it to productive use. Ms. Longworth was subsequently the CFO of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, where she assisted companies expanding in or relocating to Nassau County. Most recently, Ms. Longworth served as Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, where she managed the development of "Long Island 2035: Regional Comprehensive Sustainability Plan,” a multi-year project that identified critical issues threatening the region's long-term sustainability and identified strategies to ensure economic, environmental and equitable sustainability on Long Island through 2035.

“I look forward to taking on this new opportunity as ESD’s Long Island Regional Director and furthering the State’s economic development agenda to heighten business investment and stimulate job growth for New Yorkers in this region,” said Longworth. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has truly become the “State of Opportunity,” and it is clear that the Long Island region in particular has benefitted greatly from his leadership. I am eager to contribute to the exceptional work of the staff already in place at the regional office and am delighted to be working alongside the co-chairs and members of the Long Island Regional Economic Development council.”

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) is co-chaired by Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University. The Long Island region includes Nassau and Suffolk counties.

“Cara Longworth is an excellent choice to lead the State’s business efforts on Long Island. On behalf of the Long Island REDC, we are very pleased to welcome her to the team,” said LIREDC co-chairs Law and Rabinowitz. “Cara has a proven track record in economic development and community revitalization, and brings with her the skillset needed to spearhead the Council’s efforts to attract business, grow jobs and strengthen Long Island’s economy.”

Empire State Development is New York State’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information about Empire State Development and the Regional Councils, please visit and