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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RSVP deadline Monday for Congressman Tonko at Roundtable

Dear Friend of the Roundtable --

If you have not already done so, please reserve your seat for next week’s Albany Roundtable Luncheon - Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - featuring Congressman Paul Tonko.

Congressman Tonko represents New York’s 21st Congressional District, which includes the cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Amsterdam, among others. Paul has over two decades of administrative, legislative and policy experience having served in the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007, and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2007-2008.

Congressman Tonko is a nationally recognized expert on energy issues. An engineer by training, Paul served as chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy prior to leaving the Assembly to join NYSERDA. As chairman, Paul fought to protect consumers, fought against utility deregulation and worked to upgrade our aging energy infrastructure. While at NYSERDA, Paul worked to advance an aggressive green agenda for businesses and residents throughout New York State.

Congressman Tonko has been a strong voice for responsible energy policy, job growth in Upstate New York, unionized labor and affordable and accessible healthcare for all. In Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and serves on the subcommittees for Higher Education and Healthy Families and Communities. Congressman Tonko is also a member of the Committee on Science and Technology, which merges his energy expertise with his environmental agenda. Serving on subcommittees for Energy and Environment, Research and Science Education and Technology and Innovation, Paul is a strong advocate for a “green economy” and “green-collar jobs.”

Tech Valley Communications is sponsoring this luncheon. Tech Valley Communications (TVC), headquartered in Albany NY, is the region’s preeminent provider of voice, data and related services over its advanced FirstLight® fiber optic and high speed wireless networks. TVC owns and operates over 425 route miles of fiber optic cable connecting 340-plus commercial office buildings in the Tech Valley Region of Upstate New York. Tech Valley Communications has experienced steady, organic growth since its inception in 1999, and has also increased its local presence through a series of successful mergers and acquisitions. TVC is committed to rebuilding the Region’s broadband infrastructure to support the growth of the business base, particularly for new technology companies.Currently Tech Valley Communications employs approximately 70 people in downtown Albany. TVC has received the NYS Public Service Commission’s Commendation for Excellent Service each of the past four years. TVC, in partnership with the City of Albany, is also proud to provide “Albany FreeNet,” a free high-speed “Wi-Fi” Internet service, to a growing number of locations throughout the City.

Reservations are required by Monday, April 6 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before April 6, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google Street View. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

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Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

PS: Be sure to bring a business card for the Roundtable Raffle ... we have a delicious prize this month! The Good Leaf Tea Company has provided a $25 gift certificate for their gourmet teahouse and boutique at 274 Lark Street in Albany. Everyone who attends the Roundtable Luncheon may enter the drawing, you must be present to win.