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April 13, 2000

Governor Pataki to give keynote at Council's Annual Dinner May 8

Governor George Pataki will deliver the keynote address at The Business Council’s Annual Dinner May 8 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Annual Dinner is a fund-raising event for The Public Policy Institute of New York State, the research affiliate of The Business Council.

The dinner will be preceded by The Institute’s annual Economic Issues Forum, which will focus on prospects for the upstate economy.

At the Issues Forum, Robert L. King, chancellor of the State University of New York, will discuss the role of higher education in New York’s economy. In addition, Hugh Johnson of First Albany will give a briefing on the upstate economy.

The forum will take place from 3-5 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Dinner festivities will begin with a cocktail reception from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the convention center. The Governor is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. promptly.

The Annual Dinner brings together close to 1,000 top business and legislative leaders each year.

There is still time to buy Inner Circle tables for the dinner, said Ellen Muir, who is coordinating dinner arrangements for the event.

Howard Fineman, chief political writer for Newsweek, is no longer scheduled to speak at the dinner.