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For Release — Tuesday, May 23, 2006

CITING NEW YORK'S LOSSES OF JOBS AND PEOPLE, THE COUNCIL AND 61 OTHER
BUSINESS GROUPS URGE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS 'ACTION FOR JOBS '06' AGENDA
ALBANY

ALBANY—Noting that New York State is losing jobs and people to other states at alarming rates, some five dozen business groups from around the state have written to state legislators pleading for post-budget action on an "Action for Jobs '06" policy agenda that addresses key issues in health insurance, workplace safety, and fiscal refoyrm.

"The New York State economy needs your help," the 62 business groups said in a letter that was sent today to all state legislators on "Action for Jobs '06" letterhead. "We haven't made up the jobs lost in the last recession - while the nation is some 2 million jobs ahead. We lose an average of 200,000 New Yorkers every year, in net out-migration to other states."

The text of the letter is at www.bcnys.org/whatsnew/2006/actionforjobsletter.pdf.

The group is the largest coalition of New York business organizations ever to coalesce around an agenda to make the state's economy more competitive and to bring jobs and people back to New York. Specifically, the letter asked state lawmakers to:

The 62 organizations that signed the letter represent more than 104,000 employers who provide over 3.2 million jobs. They are:

•The Business Council of New York State.
•New York Farm Bureau, Inc.
•National Federation of Independent Business.
•New York State Economic Development Council.
•Retail Council of New York State.
•General Building Contractors.
•Northeast Retail Lumber Association.
•New York Association of Convenience Stores.
•Empire State Forest Products Association.
•New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.
•New York State Food Industry Alliance.
•Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
•New York Workers Compensation Action Network.
•Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
•Amherst Chamber of Commerce Greater.
•Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.
•Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
•Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce.
•Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
•Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.
•Manufacturers Association of Central New York.
•Chemung County Chamber of Commerce.
•Chenango County Chamber of Commerce.
•Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
•Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.
•Cortland County Chamber of Commerce.
•Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
•Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
•Finger Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
•Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
•Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
•Greece Chamber of Commerce.
•Hornell Chamber of Commerce.
•Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce.
•Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
•Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce.
•Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
•New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce.
•Niagara USA Chamber.
•Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
•Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce.
•The Otsego County Chamber.
•Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce.
•Poughkeepsie Chamber of Commerce.
•Queens Chamber of Commerce.
•Rochester Builders Exchange.
•Rochester Business Alliance.
•Rockland Business Association.
•Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.
•Saint Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.
•Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
•The Chamber of Schenectady County.
•Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce.
•Seneca County Chamber of Commerce.
•Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce.
•The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.
•Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.
•Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.
•Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas.
•Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce.
•Business Council of Westchester.
•Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.