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New York Young Pros Take CU Message To Hill
ALBANY, N.Y. (10/31/13)--Members of the Credit Union Association of New York's Young Professional Commission joined CUANY staff last week to meet with Washington lawmakers to discuss key credit union issues, including credit union tax status, member business lending, supplemental capital and government-sponsored entities reform.
 
Click to view larger image Members of the Credit Union Association of New York's Young Professional Commission traveled to Washington to join CUANY staff in meetings with lawmakers. Hike participants, front row, from left: Allison Barna, CUANY; Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU, Orchard Park; Angela Hitchcock, Sidney (N.Y.) FCU; Aimee Johnson, Oswego (N.Y.) County FCU; RJ Tamburri and Mike Lanotte, CUANY. Back row, from left: David Roy, Buffalo (N.Y.) Metropolitan FCU;  Christin Vincent, The Summit FCU, Rochester; Meghan McGee-Pelky, UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh; Cristina Morrissiey, AmeriCU, Rome; and Kate Czarnecki, FocalPoint FCU, Syracuse. Not pictured: Stephanie Carl, Corning (N.Y.) FCU. (Photo provided by Credit Union Association of New York)
After arriving at Credit Union House early Wednesday afternoon, the advocates were briefed by staff from CUANY and Credit Union National Association on pressing legislative topics. Following the briefing, the group hand-delivered the Don't Tax My Credit Union postcards and met with top aides from both Schumer and Gillibrand's offices.
 
"These visits created new personal relationships between our young credit union professionals and our federal legislators," said Mike Lanotte, CUANY senior vice president/general counsel. "It also gave us the opportunity to discuss our legislative priorities and thank our co-sponsors while strengthening our case with those yet to take that step."
 
The advocates included:
  • Stephanie Carl, Corning (N.Y.) FCU;
  • Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU, Orchard Park;
  • Kate Czarnecki, FocalPoint FCU, Syracuse;
  • Angela Hitchcock, Sidney (N.Y.) FCU;
  • Aimee Johnson, Oswego (N.Y.) County FCU;
  • Meghan McGee-Pelkey, UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh;
  • Cristina Morrissiey, AmeriCU CU, Rome;
  • David Roy, Buffalo (N.Y.) Metropolitan FCU; and
  • Christin Vincent, The Summit FCU, Rochester.
In addition to visiting the offices of several House representatives, the group hand-delivered more than 13,000 Don't Tax My Credit Union postcards to the offices of Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
 
The advocacy efforts continued Thursday morning, when the group met with nine House members and staffers.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle were receptive to the advocates' message, and many expressed support for the credit union tax exemption, said CUANY. New York is one of the few states with strong bipartisan support on the issue.

"Nobody here wants to tax credit unions--it doesn't make sense," said Rep. Christopher Collins (R-N.Y.) during his time with the group.

The advocates met representatives or staff from one-third of the New York congressional delegation, including: Collins, Tom Reed (R), Bill Owens (D), Dan Maffei (D), Richard Hanna (R), Louise Slaughter (D), Peter King (R), Brian Higgins (D) and Chris Gibson (R).
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