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For Release — November 6, 2008

Business Council applauds NYSAC's call for budget cuts

ALBANY— “The New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC) call for real reductions in spending is a serious bi-partisan recommendation to cut the cost of government in New York and improve our economy,” said Kenneth Adams, president & CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

“To grow our way out of this recession and budget crisis, New York must rein in spending at both the state and local level. We support NYSAC's position that spending cuts must be real and not simply a cost-shift to local governments and property taxpayers,” added Adams.

“We agree with NYSAC's stand that the current crisis requires real reform in the way the state does business. The state must relieve local governments of costly mandates and allow local officials to deliver core services in the most efficient way,” said Adams.

NYSAC today put forth a series of recommendations to reduce state spending by $1 billion dollars without shifting costs to local governments and property taxpayers.

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