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January 4, 2002

Assembly plans hearings on how to improve the upstate economy

The state Assembly has scheduled a series of public hearings across upstate on how best to improve the upstate economy.

The hearings will be jointly held by the Assembly Committees on Economic Development and Small Business. They are scheduled for:

An Albany hearing is also being planned, but a date has not yet been set.

The Assembly is seeking ideas on several topics:

The Business Council plans to submit testimony that outlines highlights of its legislative agenda for 2002.

The Business Council has identified helping Manhattan recover as its top legislative priority for 2002. In a new white paper called Keep Rolling that outlines The Council's legislative agenda, The Council argues that policies that New York City needs to recover from terrorism are the same ones that will help the entire state recover from the recession.

In particular, The Council is emphasizing:

To arrange to testify, contact Brian Quiara in the Assembly at 1-518/455-4928.