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For Release — Monday, May 20, 2002

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 new directors are:

William Allyn, chairman and CEO of Welch Allyn Ventures, LLC, is chairman of the board of The Business Council. Robert B. Catell, chairman and CEO of KeySpan Energy, is vice chairman. Alair Townsend, publisher of Crain's New York Business, is vice chair for finance.

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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