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Search begins for new State Fair director

Stu Gallagher
New York State Fair

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Wednesday it is searching for a new director for the New York State Fair. While in Syracuse Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the new director should be someone who can move the fair forward.

"What's the next evolution of the fair, right? How does the fair continue to grow and develop, so we attract even more people? And if fair management is becoming more and more sophisticated and they're now multi-entertainment venues,  someone who brings that expertise I think would be great."

Former Syracuse mayor Matt Driscoll, now head of the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, will lead the search effort. Thomas Ryan stepped down from the position after eight months on the job. State officials gave no reason for Ryan's departure after less than a year running the State Fair, held every summer in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes.