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For Release — Thursday, March 23, 2006

GOVERNOR PATAKI, GOVERNOR WELD, JOHN FASO
TO SPEAK AT COUNCIL'S SMALL BUSINESS DAY MARCH 28

ALBANY—Governor George Pataki is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at The Business Council's annual Small Business Day Tuesday, March 28, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

Two Republican candidates for Governor, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld and former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, will also speak at the event at a forum on how small business issues affect the race for Governor. The forum on small business issues and race for Governor is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

Governor Pataki will speak during a luncheon that will run from 12:45 pm. until 2 p.m. Also scheduled to speak briefly during that luncheon are: Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno; Sen. James Alesi (R-Monroe County); Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-New York City); Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco; and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Erie County). Senate Minority Leader David Paterson (D-New York City) has been invited to speak.

The agenda for Small Business Day also includes a panel discussion on a range of small-business issues. Scheduled participants include: Mark Barstow, vice president of operations for Oak Tree Homes in Unadilla; Jeff Bray, president of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation; Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D-Monroe County); Senate Raymond Meier (R-Oneida County); and Tom Ulbrich, president of Ulbrich's Garden Center in Alden.

The Council will also present the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award during the luncheon to Vincent J. Stanley, chairman and CEO of the Rochester-based V.J. Stanley, Inc.

Background on Small Business Day: Small Business Day is conducted each March by The Business Council. The Chamber Alliance of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Business co-sponsor the event. Each year, several hundred representatives of small businesses and local chambers participate. The agenda includes opportunities for them to meet and lobby lawmakers and their staff.

In past years, these meetings have been critical to business' efforts to convince lawmakers to make more affordable health insurance available to sole proprietors, reduce taxes, reform workers' compensation and unemployment insurance, and make other critical improvements to New York's business climate.

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