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Congressman Receives Business Award

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On Wednesday, New York Congressman Chris Gibson was at The Business Council of New York State office in Albany, where he received the Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizing his pro-business, voting record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ron Eidshaug,  vice president of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented the award.

(You can listen to extended audio of the presentation with remarks from Heather Briccetti, Ron Eidshaug and Chris Gibson by clicking here!)

Gibson said he appreciates the support of the Chamber and the Business Council... The Kinderhook-based Republican elected in 2010 explained his No. 1 priority is growing the economy.

Eidshaug  explained the mechanics of the award process.  Gibson told the gathering that there is need for reform that will drive down business costs - he shared several ideas.  Heather Briccetti is President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.  She pointed out that the Business Council believes allowing hydrofracking to begin in New York would help mitigate many fiscal woes, especially in the state's Southern Tier.

Gibson continued to blast the the sequester, saying that particular foe of the economy begs to be dealt with, once and for all.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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