ALBANY, N.Y. -- The economy in New York state has improved over the past six months but is still severely strained, according to a poll of business owners in the state.

The poll, commissioned by Fleet Financial Group Inc., found that 94% of executives surveyed think that New York is in a recession. In December, 98% made that characterization. Just over half, or 53%, said they expect the recession to continue for at least another year.

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