Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — September 10, 2008

Business Council presents Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds with Leadership Award

ALBANY— The Business Council of New York State will present its first Public Leadership Award to Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-26th District) at its annual meeting in Buffalo on September 17.

“Congressman Reynolds has shared The Business Council's commitment to economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State. We are pleased to present him with first-ever Business Council Public Leadership Award,” said Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council. “In a 20 year career in the House and New York State Assembly, Tom Reynolds never voted for a bill with a net tax increase.”

"It is truly an honor and privilege to serve the people of Western New York and to continue to fight to strengthen our economy. We need to continue to work together to develop solutions that will create a thriving atmosphere, one in which small business may grow and prosper - to create jobs for us and for our children and grandchildren. The key to all of this is lower taxes, less regulation and smaller more efficient government. These are the tools for which I have fought for 30 years as an elected leader and the ideas supported by the New York Business Council. I am truly grateful and appreciative of this award," said Rep. Reynolds.

Reynolds was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1988. In 1995, he rose to the post of Assembly Republican Leader, becoming the first Republican from the eight counties of Western New York to lead an Assembly party conference in more than 60 years.

He was elected to Congress in 1998 and is the only Republican member from New York State on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

“Tom Reynolds has decided to end his Congressional career at the end of this term. With this award The Business Council salutes his accomplished career at the local, state and federal levels,” concluded Adams.

The presentation will be made during a reception at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY. The presentation will take place at approximately 6:30 pm, Weds. Sept. 17, 2008. Media are invited to attend.