Register Now: 2021 Government and Virtual Advocacy Webinar
As we prepare for advocacy in the new year, it is critical that we consider the unprecedented environment we find ourselves in. New York State’s most recent State financial plan projects a $60.1 billion, four-year deficit. The State has been holding out for federal relief since the summer months and has yet to get any clear indication of what we can expect. Enter the Biden Administration on Jan. 20th. With the new administration, it is possible that New York will be better positioned for federal relief. However, it is very unlikely that the amount New York receives will be enough to cover the significant losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State Budget process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 will be more fluid and unpredictable than ever. Meanwhile, we have several brand-new members of the State Legislature, and advocates are relying solely on virtual platforms, letter writing, and phone calls to connect with lawmakers. Fortunately, virtual advocacy poses some advantages.
LeadingAge NY will be hosting a 2021 Government and Virtual Advocacy Webinar for members on Fri., Jan. 22nd at 10:30 a.m. The hour-long presentation and Q&A will provide members with an update on where we are in the State Budget process and what we can expect in the coming months. We will also be discussing our 2021 advocacy strategy and how members can best connect with their lawmakers during this unprecedented time. Click here to register for this informative webinar!
Additionally, while our Advocacy Days will look different this year, we would like members to save the following dates for our 2021 Advocacy Days: Feb. 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th. These days will entail virtual meetings with lawmakers via Zoom, meaning your participation may only require an hour or two of your time and you will be able to join from your own workspace! LeadingAge NY will be scheduling a handful of meetings on each of the days. We will also be encouraging members to set up phone calls or meetings of their own, particularly if their lawmakers sit on the Health, Aging, Housing, or Finance Committees.
While this year will be uniquely challenging in many ways, there are also unique opportunities. Thank you in advance for your participation in advocacy!