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Harbor development agency names interim president

New York's new upstate economic development czar, Dennis Mullen, has been named interim president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Mullen, who was appointed as upstate president of the Empire State Development Corp. in late August, will temporarily fill the post being vacated by the retirement of veteran public sector development executive Charles F. Rosenow.

The Rochester businessman, who will serve on the harbor corporation's board of directors as part of his new upstate development role, will also lead a search committee to find a permanent successor to Rosenow.

"Dennis is jumping in with both feet and will be very involved in the future of the Buffalo waterfront," said harbor panel Chairman Jordan A. Levy.

No specific timetable has been set for what's expected to be a national search to fill Rosenow's post.

The Erie Canal Harbor agency, an Empire State Development Corp. subsidiary, is steering the $400 million Canal Side project, which includes construction of a Bass Pro Shops store where Memorial Auditorium now stands.

The agency is also overseeing outer harbor revitalization.

Prior to his appointment to the upstate economic development post, Mullen, 54, served as president and chief executive of Greater Rochester Enterprise. He is also the former chairman of Birds Eye Foods.

Rosenow, arguably Buffalo's dean of public-sector development with nearly four decades of local project leadership, will retire on Friday.

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