Hear from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour kickoff Feb. 22

Participants in the New York Credit Union Association’s 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour will hear from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is scheduled to speak as the Association kicks off its 2021 advocacy efforts.  

Among her responsibilities as lieutenant governor, Hochul chairs 10 Regional Economic Development Councils that have transformed the state’s economy by building upon regional strengths through long-term strategic plans. The Councils include leaders from academia, business, labor and not-for-profits and, to date, have invested over $6.1 billion into more than 7,300 projects across the State. Hochul also chairs the State Workforce Investment Board, which addresses the lack of skilled workers.

The Association’s virtual advocacy tour begins in Albany on at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 with key state-level legislative updates and meetings with Hochul and other 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 and federal lawmakers will continue through the week of Feb. 22 and throughout the month of March as part of the Association’s state advocacy efforts and 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.

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.

In conjunction with the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Tour, the Young Professionals Commission, which helps New York credit unions engage, connect and empower the next generation of credit union leaders, is hosting a virtual governmental Q&A beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 22. Registration is complimentary and open to all New York Credit Union Association young professionals.

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