NYSAC and County Delegates attend NACo, Lobby Congress

NYS county delegates were in Washington, DC last week. 


NYSAC staff and a delegation of county leaders from New York traveled to Washington, D.C last week to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference. The conference brought together over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents.

NYSAC staff joined a delegation of over 25 county officials from 11 counties: Dutchess, Essex, Madison, Montgomery, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Steuben, Suffolk, Sullivan, and Washington.
Over the five-day conference county officials had the opportunity to attend over 136 workshops and presentations, including:

  • Disaster Response and Recovery: Leveraging Community, Volunteer and Faith-Based Partnerships

  • Immigration Reform Task Force Meeting

  • Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Childhood Poverty

  • Outlook for Federal Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Counties

Guest speakers included:

  • Honorable Wilbur Ross, U.S Secretary of Commerce

  • Honorable Elaine Choa, U.S Secretary of Transportation

  • Honorable David Shulkin, U.S Secretary of Veteran Affairs

  • Honorable Cory Booker, U.S Senator from New Jersey

  • Honorable Tim Scott, U.S Senator from South Carolina

  • Honorable William Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

On Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6, the NYSAC staff and county members met with New York State Congressional Delegation. These meeting were an opportunity to elevate the New York county voice at the national level.  We discussed with the New York congressional delegation a range of member concerns and recommendations, including Families First funding for foster care placement, the federal infrastructure proposal, economic development, broadband, local solutions to the opioid epidemic, and 911 funding. 

To learn more about the NACo Legislative Conference, visit