You’re invited: 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour kicks off Feb. 22

Credit unions are invited to join the New York Credit Union Association as it launches its 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour.  

Advocacy is the cornerstone of the credit union movement, uniting the industry and making credit unions a powerful force in Albany and Washington, D.C. Under normal circumstances, the Association would be gearing up for the State Governmental Affairs Conference and the CUNA GAC. While we can’t meet in person this year, the Association’s advocacy efforts will not stop.

The Association’s 2021 Advocacy Tour will take credit union advocates — virtually — to Albany, Washington, D.C., and back to New York state. Join us as we hear from leading policymakers and meet to discuss credit union priorities with some of the most influential lawmakers in federal and state government.

The virtual advocacy tour kicks off in Albany on Feb. 22 at 1 pm. with key state-level legislative updates and meetings with influential policymakers in state government, including:

  • featured speaker Raymond J. Dorado, senior deputy superintendent for the Banking Division, New York State Department of Financial Services;
  • a legislative briefing from Joanne Fernandez, the Association’s VP of governmental affairs;
  • a virtual meeting with State Senate Banking Committee Chairman James Sanders Jr.; and
  • a virtual meeting with New York State Assembly Banking Committee Chairman Victor M. Pichardo.

Virtual meetings with state lawmakers will continue through the week of Feb. 22 and during the month of March. Participants will take a break from state visits during March 1-5 for the virtual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, which will virtually bring together credit union advocates from across the country. The event, which is held annually in Washington, D.C., will feature general sessions, a virtual trade show and meetings with Congressional leaders.

Advocacy efforts will continue in New York state throughout the month of March.

Interested participants can register to participate in the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour on the Association’s website. There is no charge to attend the Association’s state-level advocacy events. CUNA GAC, however, is a separate, virtual conference, which requires registration and payment. More information on CUNA GAC can be found here.

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