New York Gov. David Paterson yesterday tapped Robert Wilmers, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of M&T Bank Corp., to lead the Empire State Development Corp. as its new chairman. The announcement followed the resignation yesterday of ESDC upstate chairman Daniel Gundersen.

"Bob Wilmers is one of the most respected figures in the New York State business community," Paterson said in a press release. "Not only is he a successful banker, but he also has a long and impressive record of civic engagement."

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