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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2006

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Twenty-Three Lawmakers Make 2004/05 “A List”

ALBANY – The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care – New York State’s largest single-issue grassroots business coalition – named 23 NYS legislators for their role in keeping health care affordable for small business owners and sole proprietors in New York State.

“A List” status is based on the legislator’s standing in the coalition’s annual Legislative Report Card – a document that evaluates every state lawmaker’s commitment to affordable health insurance. Grading is based on each lawmaker’s voting and bill introduction record, sponsorship of health insurance mandates and mandate reform, and other actions that demonstrate a commitment to affordable health care.

“The track record of each of these legislators shows an clear understanding of the challenges that many of New York’s sole proprietors and small businesses face in finding and maintaining affordable health insurance coverage,” said Alliance Chairman Jeff Leland. “The “A List” is our way of recognizing his commitment to providing every New Yorker access to basic, affordable health insurance.” Lawmakers named to the 2004-05 A List were:

 

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIM BACALLES
136th District, Steuben and Yates counties

  
ASSEMBLYMEMBER WILLIAM A. BARCLAY
124th District, Onondaga & Oswego Counties

SENATOR NEIL D. BRESLIN
46th District, Albany County

SENATOR JOSEPH A. BRUNO
43rd District, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties

SENATOR JOHN A. DEFRANCISCO
50th District, Onondaga County

SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN
22nd District, Brooklyn County

SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON
4th District, Suffolk County

SENATOR VINCENT L. LEIBELL III
40th District, Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties

SENATOR ELIZABETH O’C LITTLE
45th District, Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties

SENATOR SERPHIN R. MALTESE
15th District, Queens County

SENATOR THOMAS P. MORAHAN
38th District, Rockland & Orange Counties

 

  SENATOR MICHAEL F. NOZZOLIO
54th District, Seneca, Wayne, Monroe, Tompkins, Ontario and Cayuga counties
  

ASSEMBLYMEMBER BOB OAKS
128th District, Oswego, Wayne and Cayuga counties

SENATOR GEORGE ONORATO
12th District, Queens County

SENATOR SUZI OPPENHEIMER
37th District, Westchester County

SENATOR MARY LOU RATH
61st District, Erie and Genesee counties

SENATOR STEPHEN M. SALAND
41st District, Columbia and Dutchess counties

SENATOR JOHN L. SAMPSON
19th District, Kings County

SENATOR DEAN G. SKELOS
9th District, Nassau County

SENATOR CAESAR TRUNZO
3rd District, Suffolk County

SENATOR DALE M. VOLKER
59th District, Wyoming, Erie, Livingston and Ontario

SENATOR JAMES W. WRIGHT
48th District, Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties

The Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care is the largest single-issue grassroots business coalition in New York State - 2,500 small business owners and sole proprietors representing more than 200,000 working New Yorkers. To learn more, visit our website at www.employeralliance.com.