Association Advocacy Day

Join Us for the 2019 Association Advocacy Day in Albany
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Orientation will run from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Appointments will be scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – approximately 3:00 p.m.

Government Affairs Committee will schedule appointments and set-up coverage schedule.  
Lunch break time will be built-in for the Advocacy Teams.

ESSAE will conduct its Association Advocacy Day at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 with the goal of raising awareness of the importance and impact of associations to the life and success of New York State, as well heighten awareness by elected officials that ESSAE is the “go-to” source on all matters relating to associations.

Please join us for this important effort!  Whether you are a veteran of the Hill or a first-timer, the ESSAE Government Affairs Committee will have everything prepared for the day.

  • Register and let us know your Legislators.
  • If you have a connection with a particular Legislator, let us know that, too, as it will help us further our message.
  • We will have teams making the rounds. Each team will be led by an experienced advocate.
  • Appointments will be set-up for you.
  • We will hold an orientation session to discuss our plans for the day and key talking points.
  • Appointment drop-off materials will be provided.
  • Attendees will receive a “Know-Before-You-Go” packet containing the schedule, meeting locations, directions and information on parking and lunch options.
  • Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation, accommodations and lunch.

Come dressed for success - and ready to talk about what you do each day - and the power of associations in New York State!



Is there a legislative agenda? Will we be lobbying?

The goal for the day is to educate Legislators on the real impact of associations on the state. The GAC is currently researching and crafting a “New York Associations by the Numbers” document.  This will be our lead-in piece—then we want attendees to talk about their particular association and tout its achievements in order to reinforce the overall message.

The GAC is also currently monitoring legislative activity and if any bills are identified that could impact the work of associations, we would include this information and position in our efforts on May 7, 2019.

Please join us for this important effort!  Whether you are a veteran of the Hill or a first-timer, the ESSAE Government Affairs Committee will have everything prepared for the day.

Questions? Contact Government Affairs Committee Chair Ashley Ranslow at [email protected] or 518-434-1262

Your Government Affairs Committee

Chair: Ashley Ranslow, NY Assistant State Director, NFIB  
Vice Chair: Carrie Laney, Executive Director of the NYS Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind

Mark Dorr, President, NYS Hospitality & Tourism Association
Michael Burridge, Director of Government Affairs, AIANYS
Johnny Evers, Ph.D., Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of NYS, Inc.
Kathy Febraio, CAE, Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
Jeff Keller, CAE, Executive Director, NYS Rural Housing Coalition
Randy L. McCullough, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, NYS Funeral Directors Association
Megan Osika, Vice President, Park Strategies, LLC
Margaret Vandervort, Legislative Director & Business Manager, The Vandervort Group
Lori Rehm, Director of Sales & Conference Services, The Sagamore Resort
William Van Slyke, Slyke Consulting

Board Liaison: Michael Borges, Executive Director, New York State Association of School Business Officials