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For Release — Thursday, September 19, 200

BUSINESS COUNCIL ELECTS NEW OFFICERS, DIRECTORS

ALBANY - Robert B. Catell, chairman and CEO of KeySpan, has been elected chairman of The Business Council of New York State for the next 12 months. Heidi A. Nauleau, chairman of the Aarque Companies, has been elected vice chair of The Council, and Paul S. Speranza Jr., secretary and general counsel for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., has been elected vice chair for finance.

In addition, the Board of Directors of The Business Council has elected eight of New York's top business leaders to terms on the board, and has voted to add two other business leaders to the Board of Trustees of The Council's research affiliate, The Public Policy Institute of New York State. The elections took place Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting in Bolton Landing, Warren County.

The new officers of The Business Council :

The Council's new directors are:

The new trustees of The Public Policy Institute are:

The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing nearly 4,000 member companies large and small across the state. The members of The Business Council represent well over 1 million employees in all regions of the state and in all sectors of the economy. Based in Albany, The Council lobbies for a better business climate and offers cost-cutting services to its members.

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