2022 State GAC: Credit union advocacy at work

William J. Mellin, New York Credit Union Association president/CEO, speaks with Adrienne Harris, New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, during a timely Q&A at the 2022 State Governmental Affairs Conference in Albany.

Credit union advocates gathered in Albany this week for the New York Credit Union Association’s 2022 Government Affairs Conference.

The event featured Adrienne Harris, New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, with whom William J. Mellin, the Association’s president/CEO, engaged in a timely Q&A on a variety of financial-related topics, including the role that DFS and credit unions can play in improving access to financial services for all New Yorkers.

Harris noted that the pandemic likely exacerbated existing financial inequities, and there is work to be done in both the private and public sectors to ensure the system is more equitable and resilient to help all New Yorkers achieve their dreams.

“When I think about the pandemic, I hope we will get back to better than normal in creating an equitable financial situation,” Harris said.

Attendees also heard from John Faso, who has led a distinguished career in public service. Faso provided his insight into political trends and how credit unions can position themselves in the political environment, including navigating current international events. Although challenging, times of uncertainty such as these are a reminder that everyone should be prepared for the unexpected — something that is a strength of credit unions, in that they work to ensure their members are prepared, he said.  

Representatives from Brown & Weinraub, PLLC also led a discussion on what redistricting means for credit unions, and the state as a whole, while Monday’s events capped off with a legislative briefing from Henry Meier, the Association’s SVP/general counsel.

Credit union advocates took to the halls of the state Legislative Office Building on Tuesday during a series of meetings with legislators, where they discussed the Association’s 2022 state legislative priorities.

Former legislator John Faso with William J. Mellin, New York Credit Union Association president/CEO.

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