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Advocacy Day 2015
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General Information

Join NYSOTA for our annual Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Well of the Legislative Office Building.

Each year NYSOTA furthers our legislative efforts by making our presence known and reaching out and working with key legislators on topics that affect OT practice in New York State.Last year over 200 practitioners, supporters and students participated in Advocacy Day.

Advocacy Day will begin at 9:30AM in the Well of the Legislative Office Building with a presentation from NYSOTA's Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair, Jeff Tomlinson. Jeff will provide participants with highlights of the current budget, our legislative efforts and focus, and other information to help inform and prepare participants to speak with their elected officials.

Coffee will be served between 8:30am-9:30am. Lunch will not be provided but there are several local eateries within walking distance of the LOB.


There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you RSVP so we know how many people we should plan for.You may RSVP HERE.

Transportation & Parking

Schools or large groups who will be arriving via bus will need to drop participants off and move to the OGS parking lot on McCarty Avenue.

There is no bus parking at the Empire State Plaza. The McCarty Avenue Lot, off Thruway Exit 23, reserves parking for buses dropping off groups at the Empire State Plaza. Bus parking is free of charge; reservations are not required.

Parking information for other participants can be found on the OGS website HERE.

Making Appointments

Participants should plan to make their own appointments with their elected representatives.

You can find your representative HERE.

Talking points and NYSOTA's position statements will be posted online prior to Advocacy Day. A limited number of folders containing this information will be provided for those who have secured appointments with their elected representatives.

  • Please contact NYSOTA with your appointment information or

  • Meetings should be scheduled after 11:30 AM to ensure all participants are present for the legislative presentation in the morning.

  • Please keep your groups to 5 or fewer participants, representative's offices cannot accommodate large groups.

Printed Materials

There will be a limited number of printed talking points and memorandums available onsite. To be sure you have the information you need, please consider printing the talking points and memos in advance. They can be found below.

Talking Points-OTA Licensure

Talking Points-EI rate increase

Talking Points-OTA & Worker's Comp

Memorandum of Support-OTA licensure

Memorandum of Support-EI rate increase

Memorandum of Support-OTA & Worker's Comp

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