Statement by DANIEL B. WALSH The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


Director of Communications

Governor Pataki is right to take pride in the tremendous record of change, renewal and growth that New York has developed in the last three years.

This state is making its comeback. Three years ago, George Pataki stood almost alone in his belief that New York could turn around -- and in his understanding that it would take a smaller, smarter government to do the job. Today, everyone is a believer.

The Governor is also exactly right in his priorities for the future -- jobs, and kids. We welcome, in particular, his new economic development initiatives, his efforts to remedy the shortcomings of our education system, and his proposal to extend health-care coverage to all New Yorkers under 18.