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For Release — Monday, September 24, 2000

BUSINESS COUNCIL ELECTS FIVE NEW DIRECTORS

ALBANY - Five of New York's top business leaders have been elected to the board of directors of The Business Council of New York State. The elections took place Wednesday, Sept. 19, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting.

The new directors are:

In addition, The Council elected a chairman, vice chairman, and vice chairman for finance. They are (respectively): William Allyn, chairman and CEO of Welch Allyn Ventures, LLC; Robert B. Catell, chairman and CEO of KeySpan Energy; and Alair Townsend, publisher of Crain's New York Business.

The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing nearly 4,000 member companies large and small across the state. Based in Albany, it lobbies for a better business climate and offers cost-cutting services to its members.

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