Legislative Summit and Lobby Day

Legislative Summit 2018 logo2018 Legislative Summit and Lobby Day

Leading the Way to Advocate Today

Join fellow advocates from around the state to Lead the Way for all children!

February 11-12, 2018 in Albany, New York

Legislative Summit to be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Albany

Registration is now closed.

12:30pm – Registration and arrival at Hampton Inn
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Welcome Panel
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Session 1: State Budget
3:30pm – 4:00pm – Break with light snack and refreshments
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Session 2: Issues
5:15pm – 6:30pm – Fireside Chat
6:45pm – 8:15pm – Dinner with keynote speaker
8:30pm – 9:00pm – How to Lobby Training

Breakfast on own time (included with Hampton overnight)
8:00am – 9:00am – Morning Session
9:15am – Depart Hotel for Capitol Meetings

10:00am – 3:00pm – Lobby Day appointments

2017 Lobby Day and Virtual Lobby Week 2017

The 2017 NYS PTA Lobby Day was a success!

Members converged on Albany to discuss four priority issues, meeting with nearly 40 legislators and their staff:


Nearly 10,000 emails were sent to the Governor’s office and State Legislators advocating on a wide range of topics affecting children.

NYS PTA also launched a social media effort during the legislative session, sending tweets to the Governor’s office, Senate and Assembly!

Sample Tweets to Governor Cuomo:

@NYGovCuomo please include Nolan/Ritchie #CTE bill in budget, so impt for our kids! @NYSPTA

#CTE great for kids, please include BOCES/SSA support in budget @NYGovCuomo

@NYGovCuomo please join @NYSPTA in calling for $2 bill investment in our children!

Thank you @NYGovCuomo for heroin opioids proposal in budget, @NYSPTA calls for $45 mil for prevention treatment

@NYSPTA calls for full ban of marketing e-cigs to kids, supports @NYGovCuomo e-cig proposal in budget

@NYSPTA calls for support for #ELL students, struggling schools in budget @NYGovCuomo

These messages were shared with the NYS Senate:

We need $2 bill investment in our kids, please join @NYSPTA making every child’s potential a reality (add twitter handle here)

@NYSPTA calls for $2 bil, $1.5 bil needed for current programs & services for kids @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY

@NYSPTA supports Nolan/Ritchie CTE bill, thank you @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY for supporting #CTE

@NYSPTA Glad to see support for heroin opioids treatment & prevention in budget @NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY

@NYSenate @NYSenDems @IDC4NY we must ban ALL marketing of e-cigs to our children @NYSPTA

Here is a list of all senators outside NYC who have a Twitter handle:


These messages were sent to the NYS Assembly:

Thank you @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM for your commitment to public schools, @NYSPTA calls for $2 bil for kids

@NYSPTA supports Nolan/Ritchie CTE bill, #CTE so impt for our kids @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM

Support for K & PreK, afterschool, #ELL, struggling schools impt for @NYSPTA @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM

@NYSPTA supports heroin opioids prevention treatment proposals and e-cig proposal in budget #wholechild @NYSA_Majority @NYS_AM

Share the NYS PTA Facebook message on your Facebook page, and retweet NYS PTA Twitter messages throughout the week.

Legislators pay attention to your social media messages and emails! Now is the time for your voice to be heard, so together we can make every child’s potential a reality!

Engaging grassroots members in PTA advocacy campaigns strengthens our chorus!

Although PTA advocacy is a year-round effort, March has been traditionally designated PTA Advocacy Month. In the preceding January, the Executive Office, i.e. the governor, presents the State of the State address and releases the Proposed Executive Budget for the upcoming year. Both houses of the NYS legislature have 8-10 weeks to react to the governor’s proposals. Senate and Assembly members either agree or propose adjusted funding allocations, but are not permitted to change language within the budget. The approved Executive Budget is due to the public on April 1.

During the negotiation period, members of the NYS PTA Board of Directors analyze the Executive Budget proposals and write a response. Read the NYS PTA’s 2017 Executive Budget analysis here.

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