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Advocacy Day 2018
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General Information

Join NYSOTA for our annual Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building-The Well.

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 9:00AM in the Well. Presentations from NYSOTA's Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair, Jeff Tomlinson will begin at 9am, but Jeff and other board members will be available to register participants and answer questions. 

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.

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. Click here to register.

Transportation & Parking

Directions and Maps

The New York State Assembly chambers are located in the Capitol Building. Most Assembly offices are in the Capitol, Legislative Office Building and Agency Building 4. These buildings are all part of the Empire State Plaza complex in downtown Albany, New York.

The Empire State Plaza also houses many State agencies and commissions, as well as the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, New York State Museum and Empire Center at the Egg.

Driving Directions

From the North: Take Interstate 87 (Northway) to Interstate 90 (East) exit, proceed east to Interstate 787 and take Empire Plaza exit.

From the South: Take New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) to Exit 23 - straight through Toll Booth to Interstate 787, then take Empire Plaza exit.

From the East: Take Interstate 90 and cross Hudson River. Take exit to Interstate 787 South, along river. Take Empire Plaza exit.

From the West: Take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) to Exit 24 (Albany), proceed east on Interstate 90 to Interstate 787 South, along river. Take Empire Plaza Exit.

Visitor Parking

The following map highlights some of the visitor parking areas in and around the Empire State Plaza.

Parking Map

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.

  • Please contact Jeff Tomlinson and NYSOTA with your appointment information and

  • Meetings should be scheduled after 11:30 AM to ensure all participants are present for the legislative presentations 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 print the talking points and memos in advance. 

Please download the following to bring to Advocacy Day:











Memos of support can be provided to each legislator you visit so please plan to bring a few copies. Talking points are to help guide your visits.

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