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N.Y. CUs promote CU difference at state GAC
ALBANY, N.Y. (4/20/11)--More than 80 credit union leaders attended the Credit Union Association of New York’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) last week in Albany, N.Y.
Click to view larger image During the Credit Union Association of New York’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference last week credit unions and lawmakers met outside the Senate Chamber. From left: Association President William J. Mellin; Marsha Brauer, Clarence Community & Schools FCU, Clarence, N.Y.; Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Buffalo); and Al Frosolone, Niagara’s Choice FCU, Niagara, Falls, N.Y.
The two-day conference kicked-off with an afternoon compliance and legal update session led by the association’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Michael Lanotte and Director of Compliance Michael Carter. Day One closed with a welcome reception where attendees reconnected with peers from across the state. Three bill sponsors, Sen. Joseph Griffo (R), chairman of the Senate Bank Committee, and Assemblymen Charles Lavine (D) and Harvey Weisenberg (D), attended the next morning’s legislative briefing. After reviewing key legislative priorities during the briefing and honing their messages, group members converged on the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building.
Click to view larger image Credit union leaders made more than 40 legislative visits during the Credit Union Association of New York’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference last week in Albany, N.Y. Here, participants visit Sen. Jack Martins (R-Long Island), a sponsor of pro-credit union legislation. Pictured from left: Melissa Pagdanganan and Robert Suarez, Bethpage FCU, Bethpage.; Sen. Martins; Robert Nemeroff, Melrose CU, Briarwood; and Michael Lanotte, Credit Union Association of New York. (Photos provided by the Credit Union Association of New York)
During more than 40 legislative visits, credit union leaders promoted the credit union difference and the value credit unions offer their members. They advocated for key issues: preserving credit unions’ earned tax-exempt status; advancing the state charter; limiting information subpoenas; toughening punishment for robbers of financial institutions; gaining access to municipal deposits; establishing Credit Union Development Districts; funding community development financial institutions; and protecting consumers from identity theft, financial illiteracy, predatory credit card practices and abusive mortgage lending. Representatives also shared community-based credit union stories, results from the Credit Union National Association’s Project Zip Code, which matches credit union members by congressional district, state legislative district and county, and the state association’s just released 2010 MORE Report documenting state credit union community outreach efforts. “Events like our GAC are critical to the continued success of credit unions and thereby their members and communities,” said William J. Mellin, the state association’s president/CEO. “Now that it’s over, we will continue to encourage our credit union leaders to keep on advocating and building relationships with their elected representative on their home front.”


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