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Advocacy Day 2019
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General Information
Join NYSOTA for our annual Advocacy Day at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

Advocacy Day is an opportunity to reach out and work directly with key legislators on topics that affect OT practice in New York State. Each year, we further our legislative efforts and make our presence known. Last year, over 350 practitioners, students, and supporters came together to participate.

Advocacy Day will begin at 9:00AM in Meeting Room 1 with presentations by Jeff Tomlinson, NYSOTA's Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair. 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. NYSOTA's Executive Board members will be available to register participants and answer questions.

Registration
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.

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 (legislation@nysota.org) and NYSOTA (info@nysota.org) with your appointment information
  • 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 as 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. 

Talking points and memorandums will be available on this page around February 20th. Please check back to download and print them out.

Directions & Parking
For more detailed information about the Empire State Plaza complex, including directions, parking, and facility maps, click here.

Driving Directions
From the North: Take I-87 South (Northway) to I-90 East (Exit 1E). Take I-90 East to 787 South (Exit 6A). Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the South: Take I-87 North (NYS Thruway) to Exit 23. Follow signs for 787 North toward downtown Albany. Take Exit 3 for the Empire State Plaza.

From the East: Take I-90 West to Exit B1. Continue on I-90 West toward 787 South. Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the West: Take I-90 East (NYS Thruway) to Exit 24  for Albany. Continue on east on I-90 East to 787 South (Exit 6A). Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

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

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