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Government Affairs Albany Update

April 5, 2002

Public Insurance Forum To Be Held In Rochester

The New York State Insurance Department has been conducting forums around the state to assess the impact of September 11th on the insurance marketplace, including the availability and adequacy of coverage to homeowners, small businesses and large commercial risks. The next forum is scheduled on April 12th in Rochester as follows:

Friday, April 12th
University of Rochester
601 Elmwood Avenue
Hospital Medical Center, 2nd Floor
Medical Center Board Room
Rochester, NY
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Department is especially interested in the views of consumers, business owners, insurance agents and brokers, and those who are actively involved in purchasing or procuring insurance coverages for small businesses.

Attendees are asked to confirm their attendance by calling Ellen Wenz at 212-480-5262 in New York City by April 10, 2002. Individuals who want to give oral testimony must confirm attendance.

Chairwoman Chao to address Assembly Committee

May Chao, Chair and Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board will address the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee on Tuesday, April 9th. The meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. and will be held in Room 942 of the Legislative Office Building.

ISTEA Coalition Continues to Meet

The next meeting of "ISTEA Works in New York Coalition" will be held on April 25 in the Governor's New York City offices. The Business Council is a member of this coalition whose mission is to lobby on behalf of New York State for federal monies under the Transportation Efficiency Act or TEA 21. The next round of funding, commonly referred to as TEA 3, is due for reauthorization in 2003. The Business Council intends to be very active in this process and is reaching out to its members for input on New York's transportation needs. It is crucial that New York make its case for continuing federal funding for needed transportation infrastructure projects. The June 17, 2002 meeting of The Business Council's Transportation committee will be dedicated to a discussion of TEA 3 and New York's infrastructure needs. We will be inviting representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation and the industry to discuss transportation infrastructure needs and next steps.