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Advocacy Day 2020
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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 500 practitioners, students, and supporters came together to participate.

Advocacy Day will begin at 9:00 AM 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.

Please Register
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.

Make Your Legislative Appointments
Participants should plan to make their own appointments with their elected representatives.

You can find your representatives HERE.

  • 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

Once you make your appointments, please email both NYSOTA ( and Jeff Tomlinson ( with your scheduled times, legislators, and room numbers.

Download and Print Your 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

tps Direct Access

tps EI

tps Preschool Special Ed

tps Workers' Comp

tps Medicaid Therapy Limits

tps Insurance Reform



mos Direct Access

mos EI

mos Preschool Special Ed

mos Workers' Comp

mos Medicaid Therapy Limits

mos Insurance Reform


For Directions & Parking
For more detailed information about the Empire State Plaza complex, including directions, parking, and facility maps, click here and hover over "Plan Your Visit". 

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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