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For Release — June 5, 2008

Statement of Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State on the nomination of Robert Wilmers as ESDC chairman

ALBANY— “Gov. Paterson has made an excellent choice in selecting Robert Wilmers to chair the Empire State Development Corporation. Bob is highly regarded throughout New York state as a thoughtful and civic-minded business leader.

Bob has a profound understanding of the economic challenges facing upstate New York. In addition, as CEO of one of the nation's largest banks, he is a leader in the financial services sector which is vital to the entire state economy.

We congratulate Bob, who has provided great leadership as a member of The Business Council's Board of Directors. We look forward to working closely with him to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York.”

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