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2019 Legislative Session Begins Next Week: Have You Reached Out to Your Representatives Yet?

The 2019 New York State legislative session and congressional session are now just weeks away, and there will be a significant number of new members in the State Senate, State Assembly and New York Congressional Delegation. All will need to be informed and educated about New York community banks, their essential role in the local and state economies and their legislative/regulatory needs. We encourage IBANYS members to step up, reach out and play a key role in establishing new relationships.

IBANYS recently mailed our outreach program to all member banks and encouraged you to meet with your new members of the State Senate, State Assembly and New York Congressional Delegation. The program materials include:

  • Talking points for your use in your meetings, emails and phone calls to introduce yourselves and to help inform them about New York’s community banks.

Please let us know which state and federal lawmakers you have reached out to and update us on the results of those meetings by emailing both John Witkowski (johnw@ibanys.net) and Steve Rice (stever@ibanys.net).  As always, when a new legislature and congress are seated, IBANYS will provide a full directory of ALL state legislators and New York congressional representatives in early 2019. We also encourage you to join our IBANYS Government Relations Committee to assist in our advocacy and share your ideas.  Your voice matters!

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