BREAKING: Sam Hoyt Resigns from NYS Assembly

Sam Hoyt, a Member of the NYS Assembly since 1992, has resigned his seat. Hoyt was elected to the seat right after his father, William Hoyt, left the seat. His father represented Buffalo in the Assembly from 1975-1992. In other words, this will be the first time since 1974 a Hoyt will not be representing Buffalo in the NYS Assembly. 

Hoyt, in reference to his time in the Assembly, said “I loved every minute of it” and went on to say “but it’s a great opportunity and I’m excited about the next chapter.” The next chapter is a position in the Cuomo administration in a senior position with the Empire State Development Corporation. 
Hoyt has released a full statement on the news: 

Dear Friends:

Governor Cuomo has offered me an exciting and important opportunity within his administration, a senior position with the Empire State Development Corporation, about which more details will be available tomorrow. I have accepted his offer with enthusiasm, which necessarily means that I will also be stepping down after 19 years of service in the New York State Assembly. After the most productive legislative session I have experienced – both for me personally and the Legislature as a whole – I can hardly imagine a better moment to make this transition. The last few hours of this last session were by far the most thrilling I have been a part of in all of my years in the Assembly. I was proud to help Governor Cuomo pass key elements of his legislative agenda including SUNY 2020, the strongest property tax cap in the nation, and most historically, marriage equality for all New Yorkers, an issue I have advocated for years.

While the work of the Legislature will never be finished, this session marks the successful completion of many of the projects I have worked on throughout my career. One of my primary goals has always been revitalizing our upstate cities, with a focus, of course, on Buffalo. In the past three years, I have authored and passed into law three bills in particular that I believe will have a transformational impact on our upstate cities. They are the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, the State’s first Smart Growth law, and most recently the Land Bank bill that was passed by both houses just two weeks ago. These three pieces of legislation have the potential to make a significant impact on the repopulation and revitalization of Upstate New York.

Over the past 19 years, I have worked hard to represent the interests of the people of the 144th District, not just in Albany but here at home as well. For me, elected office has been about more than legislation alone. It has been about helping the people in my district when they need it the most, and about making Buffalo a better place to live and work. Over the years, that has meant things like helping protect and preserve the historic H. H. Richardson Complex, stopping the closure of Children’s Hospital, and fighting for community-driven projects like the Jesse Kregal Bike Path along Scajacquada Creek and Black Rock Canal Park. It has also meant hours and hours of constituent service, helping the people of Western New York straighten out bureaucratic problems with Medicaid or unemployment insurance, lending a hand to block clubs in their efforts to clean up problem properties in their neighborhoods, and fighting to ensure that above all, the government works for the people.

Of course in my duties as a Legislator, I have also worked hard for my legislative successes. From the Protections for Health Care Workers Act to the Local Government Consolidation Law to Race to the Top education reform to the Main Street Grants Program and more, I have consistently fought for economic and social justice legislation that would benefit all New Yorkers. All of this work has culminated in the great accomplishments of this most recent legislative session.

It is no coincidence that the Legislature’s most successful year coincides with Governor Cuomo’s first year. I have long felt a sense of partnership with Governor Cuomo, indeed long before he was Governor. There has been no daylight between his priorities and my own. It has therefore not been difficult to conclude that the best way to advance those priorities further on behalf of Western New York and the entire state is to join his team.

I was first elected to the Assembly under sad circumstances – the seat opened upon the premature passing of my father, Bill Hoyt. My initial motivation was to continue the family legacy – that of both Bill and my mother, Carol of progressive leadership. During the ensuring two decades that motivation has married well with the needs and aspirations of the people of Buffalo and Grand Island, who I have had the honor to serve. And while I enter this new phase under much happier circumstances, those motivations will continue to inspire me every day I will be working for the most dynamic leader this State has seen in generations.

Although this m
oment marks the end of my career in the Assembly, it is far from a goodbye. More than anything else, every success attributed to me has been a team effort. I am so grateful for the many dedicated staff members I have had over the years who made enormous personal sacrifices to serve along side me to help improve the lives of the people of the 144th District. Both in Albany and throughout the district, they worked long hours behind the scenes on legislation, local projects, constituent service, and beyond. It is through their efforts that I was able to represent the interests of the people of Western New York, and for that I am thankful.

All of you have been my partners in so many of those efforts as well, and Governor Cuomo and I will continue to need your support going forward. The future has never looked brighter. I am grateful for this new opportunity to get to that bright future, and I am eternally grateful for your help, support and friendship in our shared goal of getting there together.

Sincerely, 
SAM HOYT

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15 comments
jaysekins
jaysekins

A little bit of sunshine here, folks. Best to you and your family, Sam. Sure that you will do well. Xox jj

jwright
jwright

19 years and he's got one good bill, that's laughable not laudable, then again most of your comments are comedic in nature. Hoyt is the perennial NYS do-nothing entrenched career politician.

biniszkiewicz
biniszkiewicz

One thing that always impressed me about Sam Hoyt: his office staffing. He always hired very bright, competent office staff. And then he had the good sense to listen to them. I think he was a good legislator. Not a budget hawk, unfortunately, and we need a lot of budget hawks. But he was competent (which cannot be said for every legislator).

grad94
grad94

please, everyone, don't feed the trolls.

buffalobillsfan14
buffalobillsfan14

Yeah, and another thing.

When we will acknowledge that it is truly the poor who are waging war on the middle class....

grad94
grad94

i wouldn't call hoyt's preservation tax credit legislation "nothing to show for it." it has done more for buffalo than any other single piece of state legislation that i can think of.

Mr. Underhill
Mr. Underhill

19 years with almost nothing to show for it. The cities of upstate NY declined significantly during that time. I can only image what this political beast is going to do with the Empire State Development Corporation. How many political favors will be called in as he prepares to move up the political ladder.

What's next, Baby Joe Mesi taking his seat?

T.HowellV
T.HowellV

you're correct, absolutely. I was just "thinking" out loud to appease myself. I thought his (Cuomo) father was the ruination of NYS but it's looking like his son will have that distinction.

whatever
whatever

One termer? That has to be a joke, right?

Unless there's some huge scandal, Cuomo seems a lock to be at least a three-termer as his dad was, and as Pataki was. Three terms seems the usual for NY govs nowadays (Client 9 being an exception).

As to how he fills these positions, i doubt it has any serious impact at all on his re-election prospects. He can appoint a career politician to an 'economic development' job such as this, and the highly controversial Niagara Falls developer to run the Thruway Authority... all makes no difference.

T.HowellV
T.HowellV

Does anyone else get the sense that Cuomo has no clue as to how to fill these various positions? One termer for sure.

Jimbuffalo
Jimbuffalo

The human popsicle just found himself a different trough at which to feed.

T.HowellV
T.HowellV

How convenient, the scumbag has his clambake fundraiser last week & calls it quits, yet he gets to keep the cash. I'm glad Lovey & I didn't go, not that we'd be seen with those democrat riff-raff. Anyhow, he's the prime example of a politician riding on a relative's coat tails. His father had the right stuff, his son... not so much.

mp1
mp1

Great, another special election.

LI2Northpark
LI2Northpark

The picture in the Buffalo News that goes with the announcement has Antoine in the background. Please don't let that douche get a foothold back into WNY politics. As for Mr. Hoyt, I'm actually sorry to see him go but hopefully he can represent WNY well as a member of his new team.

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