Young pros take CU message to state lawmakers

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Young professionals at the state Capitol in Albany

Young credit union professionals spent the day at the state Capitol in Albany yesterday advocating for pro-credit union legislation. With just six weeks remaining in the legislative session, the lobby day provided the advocates with the chance to discuss important legislation with leading lawmakers in both chambers.

The advocates included: Cassie Fortney of Sunmark FCU, Sebrina Ward of Sunmark FCU, Audrey Stone of Sunmark FCU, Terri Oakland of TCT FCU, Kathryn Regan-Doane of TCT FCU, Morgan Keith of TCT FCU and Peter Hatfield of School Systems FCU.

The young professionals were joined by staff from the New York Credit Union Association, including Association VP of Governmental Affairs Michael Lieberman, who helped organize and facilitate the dialogue with lawmakers.

Many of the issues discussed with lawmakers have been long-standing priorities for the state’s credit unions, including legislation that would authorize credit unions to receive state and municipal deposits, as well as a bill that would grant credit unions access to the Banking Development Districts Program.

“This was my first experience with the advocacy aspect of the movement and it was truly an eye-opening experience,” said Ward. “It was great to see that we were given the opportunity to speak, represent what we do every day at credit unions and share our message of ‘people helping people.’”

In total, the group met with the offices of 10 leading state lawmakers, including: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester-Rockland); Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Metropolitan); Sen. Rich Funke (R-Rochester); Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Rochester); Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Long Island); Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Westchester Rockland), chair of the Assembly Committee on Banks; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Catskill-Hudson); Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Catskill-Hudson); Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Metropolitan); and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Metropolitan).

To learn more about upcoming events for young professionals and volunteers, visit the YP Network Facebook page.

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