Save the Date: February 8th – Legislative Advocacy Day

The following information is from an e-mail sent by NYSACAC:

Please join NYSACAC in Albany on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 for Legislative Advocacy Day.

New York faces a budget deficit that reaches upwards of 9 billion.  We are anticipating budget cuts and must be aware of those that are aimed at higher education.  It is up to us to support our students by heading to Albany to fight for programs like HEOP, STEP/CSTEP, and Liberty Partnerships!  The Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) may also be in jeopardy of cuts.

There is new leadership for New York and Governor Andrew Cuomo seems interested in working with higher education institutions on economic development projects.  Institutions of higher education support many workers throughout New York.  A well-educated workforce is what we need for New York to help to redevelop our economy.  We must make this clear to legislators!

The budget will be released on or before February 1st.

Legislative Advocacy Day
When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 8am-3pm in Albany, NY
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
25 Chapel Street, Albany, NY 12210

Draft Agenda:

8am-8:30am-Breakfast and Check-In

8:30-10:00am-Legislative Priorities Review and Lobbying Preparation 10:00am-11am—Join the rally in the Legislative Office Building “The Well.”

11am-2pm-Meetings with key legislators

1pm-2pm-Reconvene at Hampton Inn and Suites for box lunch and wrap up session

There is no registration cost to attend the 2010 NYSACAC Advocacy Day.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants will be expected to cover the cost of transportation and lodging.  Please register online
at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQHW5H8

If you wish to stay in Albany on Monday, February 8th, the Hampton Inn and Suites is holding a block of rooms for New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. Rooms are $149.00 per night. Reservations can be made by calling 518-432-7000. Mention the Group Code (A19). Please make your reservation before January 23, 2011.

If you qualify for a government room rate, do not book through the block of rooms. Call the hotel and mention that you qualify for the government rate to see if rooms are available.

***Monday, February 7 at 7pm-meet for dinner and drinks at “dp-An American Brasserie” restaurant in the Hampton Inn and Suites***

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities will be hosting the New York Student Aid Alliance Lobby Day on February 8th as well.  The impact of both programs and lobbying efforts will continue to show legislators the importance of supporting student aid and the transition from high school to college.  You may register for the New York Student Aid Alliance Lobby Day
at: http://www.cicu.org/members/lobby_day_form.php

We look forward to seeing you there!

NYSACAC Government Relations Committee

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