PLATTSBURGH The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce has officially welcomed the announcement by Gov. David Paterson that he has nominated Dennis Mullen as the new upstate president of Empire State Development. Dennis is a respected colleague who has done outstanding work as president of Greater Rochester Enterprise, stated chamber president Garry F. Douglas. He knows upstate first-hand and his appointment fulfills the governors pledge to provide us with strong leadership in the shared quest to revitalize upstate New York, including the North Country. There was some concern a few months ago when Governor Paterson moved to reorganize Empire State Development, noted Douglas, but the new structure makes sense, with a unified statewide CEO, which was lacking, but still providing an upstate president with a mandate to focus specifically on our regional needs and opportunities. The chamber has already reached out to Mullen directly and through the governors office, Douglas continued, is genuinely looking forward to what we know will be an active collaboration going forward. As the upstate president of ESD, Mullen will be based in Rochester and oversee all upstate ESD offices and projects.