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NYSACAC Legislative Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 14th
Hampton Inn - Downtown Albany
25 Chapel St, Albany, NY 12210
9:00AM: Advocacy Day meeting
10:00AM: Depart for Capitol Building
10:30AM: Arrive in “The Well” at the Capitol
11:00AM -2:00PM*: Meetings with legislative offices
2:00PM: Program concludes
*You will have a break for lunch, and lunch vouchers will be provided for the Capitol Building cafeteria.
What is Advocacy Day?
Each year NYSACAC members are encouraged to meet with their legislators in Albany to advocate for student aid, resources for college counseling, and legislation that will lower barriers to college access for students across the state. Last year we met with 40 state representatives.
Do I need advocacy experience?
No! You do not need to have any experience in advocacy work. The NYSACAC Government Relations Committee will set up all of your appointments for the day and place you in a group of colleagues, some of whom will have advocacy experience to share. We will also provide training during our morning meeting on Advocacy Day so that you are well prepared to meet with legislative offices on behalf of your students and colleagues.
What do I have to do?
Please be sure to fill out our registration form. Once you complete that form we’ll be able to identify your legislators and group you with colleagues from your area. We’ll then reach out to legislative offices to schedule appointments for your group. All you need to do is show up and speak up!
Where can I stay if I arrive the night before?
There is an NYSACAC room block at the Hampton Inn-Downtown Albany for $169/night. Rooms in the block are limited, so please contact the hotel at (518) 432-7000 to reserve a room ASAP.
Will meals be provided?
Yes, all NYSACAC members will have access to a hot breakfast buffet at the hotel when they arrive for the morning meeting. We will be providing lunch vouchers for the cafeteria at the Capitol Building as well. We will not be providing dinner, so please plan accordingly if you’re traveling home that evening.
What do I need to bring?
Not much! We’ll be sending out an advocacy packet for your review in the weeks ahead of Advocacy Day. You can and should print that out to bring with you to Albany. You should also bring a notepad and a pen. Please make sure your cell phone has a good charge!
What attire is expected?
You’ll be meeting with legislators and their staff throughout the day. Please wear professional attire. Also, please keep in mind that we will be in upstate New York (yes, Albany is upstate!) during February. Expect cold weather and a good amount of snow. Please dress accordingly.
What do I do with my luggage/belongings?
We will work with the Hampton-Inn to provide a secure place for your belongings while you meet with legislators at the Capitol Building.
Please feel free to contact us at Government.Relations@NYSACAC.org at any time.