December 28, 2009 Hon.

Chris Collins Erie County Executive 295 Main Street, Suite 950 Buffalo, NY 14203 Dear County Executive Collins: New York State is in crisis. Bloated spending, highest in the nation taxes and three men in a room who are all Democrats are pushing our state towards a calamity from which we may never recover. As a result of one poor choice after another, New York can no longer pay its bills. As leaders of the Republican Party in counties across New York, we recognize that the time for bold and committed leadership is now. That is why we are asking you to run for Governor of New York as the 2010 Republican nominee. In the last two years, you have proven that running government on business principles works. At one time Erie County was plagued by deficits and diminishing services while being under the oversight of a control board. In two short years, you have created a culture where services are provided efficiently, surpluses are the norm and the control board no longer oversees the day-to-day county finances. Your success is confirmed with the passage of Erie County’s 2010 budget which holds the line on spending at an increase of only two-tenths of one percent while maintaining and enhancing services to taxpayers. All this while the federal, state and some county governments drown in a sea of red ink and are unable to get spending in check. It is now time to put taxpayers first in New York State like you have in Erie County. By doing so, you are also further advancing the needs of Erie County taxpayers by doing for them at the state level, exactly what you are doing for them at county level. With your candidacy and ultimate election as our Governor in 2010, we believe that we will reverse our state’s rapid decline and once again make New York the Empire State. Sincerely, John Graziano Republican Chairman Albany County James Domagalski Republican Chairman Erie County

Jay Savino Republican Chairman Bronx County

Robert Christman Republican Chairman Allegany County

Jim Ellis Republican Chairman Franklin County

Lowell G. Conrad Republican Chairman Livingston County

Ed Morgan Republican Chairman Orleans County

Jack Casey Republican Chairman Rensselaer County

Paula Snyder Republican Chairwoman Cattaraugus County

Donald Coon Republican Chairman Jefferson County

Kenneth Padgett Republican Chairman Seneca County

John DeSpirito III Republican Chairman Onondaga County

Richard Siebert Republican Chairman Genesee County

Leonard Govern Republican Chairman Delaware County

Cherl Heary Republican Chairwoman Cayuga County