Every year, your association organizes lobbying events to bring the county voice to the halls and offices of the state capitol. Due to COVID-related safety concerns, this year's Lobby Day will be held virtually, via Zoom. While we will greatly miss hosting you in Albany this year, the increased efficiency of the virtual format provides us with the opportunity to potentially reach more state lawmakers than ever before!
As counties continue to lead the local response to the coronavirus pandemic, play an increasing role in COVID vaccination efforts and support the restoration of local economies, it is critical that we have a strong voice in Albany this year. We hope you'll join us March 10th and 11th for the first-ever NYSAC Virtual Lobby Day!
All meetings will be held via Zoom. Below, please find a schedule for the days' events, Zoom registration links, as well as links to the breifing materials that will be presented at the meetings.
Social Media Action Days
In addition to our meetings with key lawmakers, NYSAC is leading social media action days on the 10th and 11th to generate awareness and momentum for county priorities in this year’s budget. Use these examples or create your own to let lawmakers know that counties are essential to leading the public health and economic recovery in this state. Don’t forget to use the tag your local lawmakers and use the hashtag #CountiesAreEssential!
Sample tweets and Graphics:
Every day, counites lead the testing, tracing and vaccine distribution that is critical to ending the pandemic. Join us in telling Albany that #CountiesAreEssential!
Counties provide social services to families struggling with hunger and unemployment as a result of the pandemic. Join us in telling Albany that #CountiesAreEssential!
In the midst of a global health pandemic, it’s counties that ensure millions of New Yorkers have access to healthcare through Medicaid. Join us in telling Albany that #CountiesAreEssential!
As businesses work to reopen safely, it’s counties who provide guidance and enforcement of social distancing regulations that keep us all safe. Join us in telling Albany that #CountiesAreEssential!
Sample Press Release
We encourage members who participated in Virtual Lobby Day to let their local media know about it! Click here, to download a sample press release that you can customize for your county.
Learn more about how Virtual Lobby Day will work from NYSAC Legislative Director Ryan Gregoire!
March 11, 2021
Assembly & Senate Standing Committee’s on Mental Health & Substance Abuse
10:00am – 11:00am
11:30am – 12:30pm
1:00pm – 2:00pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm