After a long, nearly two week break, session has finally resumed! The League kept busy over the recess planning for our upcoming regional workshops and preparing the 2016 Voter Guide. The first workshop will take place in New York City on March 5th. If you’re interested in attending any of the sessions it’s not too late to register, click this link to register for our workshops in NYC, Round Lake, Syracuse, and Buffalo. We hope to have the new Voter Guides published and printed sometime next month; just in time for the Presidential Primary.
Our first day back at the Capitol on Wednesday started with a press conference in the LCA Room. Barbara Bartoletti joined Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Senator John Bonacic, Senator Jose Serrano, and Blair Horner of NYPIRG at a press conference unveiling Assemblywoman Galef’s new ethics reforms package. The package includes bills that would help increase transparency for both members and lobbyists. We were very excited to join the Assemblywoman who also happens to be a former local League President!
After the presser we sat in on senate session and watched one of the bill’s senate versions pass. The bill (which the League does not currently have a position on) would limit the tenure of temporary president of the senate, speaker of the assembly, majority and minority leaders and committee chairs.
On Thursday we kept busy pulling members off the floor to lobby them on election reforms and the education tax credit. Later we caught the first half of the New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference. Next week we have a very busy schedule with two press conferences, a legislative briefing, and nearly a dozen meetings with legislators. This month is shaping up to be a busy one!