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March 29, 2000

40 local chambers join Council's E-Advocacy effort on GRT repeal

Forty chambers of commerce across the state are joining The Business Council's electronic-advocacy effort designed to encourage repeal of the state's gross receipts tax on energy.

These chambers are urging their members to participate in the campaign, and they are being urged to put links to the e-advocacy website on their own home pages, said Ken Pokalsky, who is coordinating the effort for The Business Council.

The e-advocacy initiative, which kicked off March 23, lets visitors to The Business Council's website (www.bcnys.org) automatically fax letters supporting GRT repeal to key elected officials.

In the first few days of operation, some 1500 letters have been generated, Pokalsky noted.

Governor Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Erie), Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, and others have urged repeal of the energy GRT this year.