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N.Y. young professionals take voice to Hill
ALBANY, N.Y. (7/22/14)--For the second straight year, the Credit Union Association of New York will include members of the its Young Professional Commission in visits with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The inclusion of the 35-and-under credit union group is part of the association's role in mentoring the credit union leaders of tomorrow, Mike Lanotte, CUANY senior vice president/general counsel, told News Now . "We believe that it's our obligation to foster the growth of the next generation of credit union leaders and the core offerings of the Credit Union Association of New York."

"We recognize this group should be part of these events, and we're happy to provide the venue for them to do that," Lanotte added. "Over the course of the last few years, since the Young Professional Commission came into existence, this group has been part of the association's governmental affairs conference, and CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference and the advocacy efforts associated with those events, so we thought they should be part of this event as well."
After arriving at Credit Union House early Monday afternoon, the advocates, joined by Lanotte and Alison Barna, CUANY vice president of member services and foundation, were briefed by staff from CUANY and Credit Union National Assocation on pressing legislative topics. Following the briefing, the group had visits scheduled with Sens. Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D), both of New York.
Today, the group also has visits scheduled with Paul Tonko (D), Louise Slaughter (D), Brian Higgins (D), Bill Owens (D), Richard Hanna (R), Daniel Maffei (D),  Chris Gibson (R), Chris Collins (R) and Tom Reed (R), all of New York.
The advocates include:
  • Kayla Barber, Dannemora FCU, Plattsburgh, with $141 million in assets;
  • Angela Hitchcock, Sidney FCU, with $385 million in assets;
  • Meghan McGee-Pelkey, UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh, with $57 million in assets;
  • Cristina Morrissiey, AmeriCU CU, Rome, with $1.2 billion in assets;
  • Jennifer Preston, Reliant Community FCU, Sodus, with $376 million in assets;
  • David Roy, Buffalo Metropolitan FCU, with $90 million in assets; and
  • Brittney Wensley, Sunmark FCU, Latham, with $404 million in assets.
Among the topics the group will address with lawmakers are data security, patent reform, exam fairness, member business lending, supplemental capital and Regulation D.

Other states participating in Hike the Hill visits this spring and summer include Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina,  Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa,  Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.


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