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Cuomo appoints Canon exec to development council

Executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general

Executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Canon USA Inc., Seymour Liebman, in the showroom at Canon USA on Dec. 6, 2013. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed a top Canon U.S.A. executive to the Long Island Regional Development Council.

Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Melville-based Canon, will serve on the group that recommends local building projects and programs for state business aid.

He also is a senior managing executive officer of Canon’s Japanese parent, Canon Inc.

The company manufactures cameras, printers and office machines; its Americas operations are managed from a $500 million office in Melville where more than 1,500 people work.

The local development council, one of 10 across the state, is implementing a five-year plan to expand Long Island’s economy. The council on Monday recommended 112 local projects for state tax credits and grants in an annual competition, with the winners to be announced in December.

Liebman helps lead LI Bio, a committee of the Long Island Association business group aimed at assessing the needs of the region’s burgeoning biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

On the development council he succeeds William Wahlig, who resigned this summer after leaving his job as executive director of the Long Island Forum for Technology, or LIFT.

Wahlig was one of the council’s original members when it was established by Cuomo in 2011. Members are unpaid volunteers.

The council now has 23 members excluding elected officials who hold ex officio positions.

The council is led by chairwoman Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul and co-vice chairmen Kevin Law, president of the LIA, and Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra University president.

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