Business leaders from across New York State convened at the state capitol on May 8th for NYSSBC’s 4th annual business summit. We’d like to thank all participating business leaders, policy briefers, and collaborators Clean and Healthy New York (CHNY), the New York Health Campaign, Elected Officials to Protect New York, and Environmental Advocates.
It was an especially exciting Summit this year as there were two concurrent lobby day efforts and press events taking place organized by the Divest NY Coalition and the JustGreen Partnership. JustGreen was at the capitol to build awareness around a bill to be introduced later in the week that would regulate chemicals of high concern to children. NYSSBC supported this bill as well and partnered with JustGreen on a couple scheduled meetings with elected officials.
The Divest NY Coalition was at the capitol advocating for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, a bill that we supported as well in our summit. We also sent business leader Katie Wilson of JSA Financial over to offer the business case for fossil fuel divestment at the Divest NY press event. Their lobby day and press event are detailed in this blog post.
In addition to the above 2 bills, we advocated for the New York Health Act (single payer system), Employee Owned Enterprises/Worker Owned Coop Bill, Uniform Treatment of Waste (fracking waste loophole), and the Secured Wages Earned Against Threat (SWEAT) act. The NY Health Act discussions were especially well-timed as only a few days prior the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Our day consisted of morning briefings by experts on each issue, a lunch sponsored by Clean and Healthy New York, and an afternoon of meetings with elected officials and staff. Business leaders were equipped with legislator bios and asks, bill summaries, and NYSSBC memos of support for each bill. At the meetings, everyone had the opportunity to speak and contribute their own business story the impacts of the issue being discussed.
NYSSBC is following these bills through this legislative session and will provide updates on additional actions needed to see them closer to passage. Stay tuned!