Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Statement from Daniel B. Walsh
President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

"The Governor's message contains the right prescription for our economy and the right inspiration for our future. Yes, we face challenges, but we can meet them by focusing, as Governor Pataki did today, on our faith in a bright future.

Governor Pataki wisely insists that New York stay on the path that has enhanced our prosperity in recent years. Lower taxes, job-creation incentives, and high-tech R&D are proven engines of prosperity and growth.

The Sept. 11 attacks and New York's statewide recession do not change New York's formula for growth. More than ever, New York needs these kinds of policies to enhance its competitiveness and to keep rolling."