Appointments: Buffalo State College Council
Charles J. Naughton, director of labor relations for the Town of Tonawanda, has been appointed to the Buffalo State College Council, and Howard A. Zemsky, managing partner of Taurus Partners LLC, has been reappointed as vice chair. Naughton will serve until June 30, 2014. Zemsky, who was appointed in 2000, will serve until June 30, 2015.
Naughton is an alumnus of Buffalo State College, earning his B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, while employed as a City of Niagara Falls firefighter. Naughton took his retirement from the Niagara Falls Fire Department in 2003, where he last served as a battalion chief. He attended the University at Buffalo Law School, which conferred upon him a juris doctor, cum laude, in 1988. Following his admission to the New York Bar, Naughton focused his practice on family and governmental law. He has served as the Niagara County human resources director, the Niagara County risk manager, and the Wheatfield town attorney.
Zemsky is managing partner of Taurus Partners LLC, a private equity and real estate investment firm with investments in Western New York and Southern Ontario. The firm has developed approximately 800,000 square feet of commercial office space in Buffalo during the past seven years, including adaptive reuse of the historic Larkin Company terminal warehouse, in conjunction with Zemsky’s partners at CityView Properties.
He is also a partner in Niagara’s Finest Inns, which owns and operates hotels and restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, including the Charles Inn, Harbour House Hotel, the Shaw Club Hotel, and the Colonel Butler Inn.
Zemsky serves on several local business and advisory boards. He is a director of Medical Recovery Management LLC, ABC Companies Inc., and MOD-PAC Corp. He is president of the Binational Tourism Alliance, vice chairman of the H. H. Richardson Center Corporation, past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House Restoration Corporation, and a member of the Buffalo State College Advisory Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business from the University of Rochester.