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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

(November 16, 2006)

Spitzer taps Council president, staff, board members to serve on transition committees

Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer has selected Business Council president and CEO Kenneth Adams to serve as a co-chair on one of several policy transition committees.

“The policy advisory committees are composed of a diverse group of leading experts and thought leaders from throughout the state,” a release from the Governor-elects transition office said. “The committees will advise the Governor-Elect, Lieutenant Governor-Elect and the transition team on the major challenges facing the state.”

Adams was selected to serve as co-chair on the labor and workforce development advisory committee. Adams, who met with Governor-elect Spitzer after last week’s election, said he was honored.

"This shows how serious Governor-elect Spitzer is when he says he will help to make New York a better place to do business," Adams said.

Adams will serve on the advisory panel with Denis M. Hughes, the president of the New York chapter of the AFL-CIO.

Governor-elect Spitzer also tapped Business Council staffer Ken Pokalsky to serve as a member of the energy and environment committee. Pokalsky is the director of the Council’s environmental and manufacturing programs.

Robert B. Catell, the chairman and CEO of Keyspan, a former Business Council chairman and current Council board member, will serve on the Energy and Environment Committee with Pokalsky.

Michael Falcone, Council board member and CEO of the Pioneer Companies, will serve on the transition’s economic development advisory panel. And board member Robert Wilmers, chairman of M&T Bank Corporation, will co-chair the committee on arts, culture and revitalization.

Dan Carp, former president and CEO of Eastman Kodak, will co-chair the advisory panel on economic development. He will be joined by Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, and Felix G. Rohatyn, senior advisor of Lehman Brothers and president of Rohatyn Associations, LLC.

The transition office announced eleven other advisory panels, including: