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GMR is Back! Legislative Breakfasts Return Downstate

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

As proof that GMR lives again, our downstate association held two legislative breakfasts - May 31 in Tarrytown and June 2 in Melville - that concluded our extremely successful 2017 local legislative breakfast program.  It was the beginning of a reinvigorated GMR after several years of unfortunate inactivity. In Tarrytown, GMR welcomed Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea [...]

Orange-Sullivan Takes First Step Toward Becoming a New Hudson Valley Local

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

In a legislative breakfast featuring Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Kevin Cahill (D, AD 103)—who explained the NAIFA-NYS legislative and regulatory agenda about as well as NAIFA-NYS government relations staff could—and Committee Member James Skoufis (D, AD 99), the Orange-Sullivan association made its first showing as a new, expanded Hudson Valley association on April 28. Ulster County association leadership [...]

Capital District Comes to Life for Legislative Breakfast

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

The once vibrant Capital District association held its second legislative breakfast in two years, at a go-to location for state legislators during Albany session.  The March 23 event at the Fort Orange Club featured Senator Neil Breslin (D, SD 44), Ranking Minority Member of the Insurance Committee; Senator (and former Assemblyman) James Tedisco and his Legislative [...]

Mohawk Valley Renews Legislative Breakfast Program

By | March 11th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

After a 15-year hiatus, the Mohawk Valley association held a legislative breakfast on March 10—bringing potential and existing members, including a 50-year veteran, together with their key local legislators.  The reawakening of Mohawk Valley's legislative programming is just one sign of the local-level energy that's sweeping throughout the state, and making clear that NAIFA-NYS is once again a strong and clear [...]

Syracuse Strengthens Commitment to Legislative Breakfasts

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

Syracuse's support for the concept of legislative breakfasts has never waned and, on March 3, association members welcomed their local legislators for an enthusiastic give-and-take regarding the NAIFA-NYS legislative and regulatory agenda.  Senate Deputy Majority Leader John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, SD 50) spoke at length about the NYS budget negotiations and his opposition to the Governor's Article 7 [...]

NAIFA-Buffalo Hosts 2017’s Inaugural Legislative Breakfast

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Member News|

In a packed room of members, local legislators and their aides, and state association staff, the NAIFA-Buffalo Legislative Breakfast on January 26 was an enthusiastic start to 2017 from one of the most enthusiastic New York locals.  It also kicked off the first leg of a NAIFA-NYS staff Western NY membership tour. There was an impressive showing [...]

They’re Back! Legislative Breakfasts Return in Rochester

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Member News|

It had been nine years, but on January 27, our Rochester local held a legislative breakfast that emphasized the association’s revitalization, renewed activity, and engagement in NAIFA-NYS’s efforts to grow membership and participation. Highlights of the program were remarks by Assembly Majority Leader (and former Assembly Insurance Committee Chair) Joseph Morelle (D, AD 146) and Senator Joe [...]

Remembering Ben Brewster/Nov. 12 Funeral Arrangements in Albany

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Member News|

We are saddened to report on today's passing of Benjamin Brewster, better known to many of us simply as Ben.  He lived extraordinary personal and professional lives, and we were all greatly enriched to have him in ours. In addition to him being best known to us as the executive vice president and principal lobbyist of NYSALU [...]

Rochester Kicks off Monthly Meetings

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Member News|

Our reinvigorated Rochester association kicked off its first 2016 meeting on September 21, with a 90-minute seminar on “Proven Business Tax Strategies for the Insurance and Financial Professional.”  Headlining the event was Maine Shafer, of Bradford and Co., Inc., who told the rapt audience how to maximize productivity and boost profitability. NAIFA-Rochester President Vinny [...]

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