FASNY Legislative Conference

84th Annual FASNY Legislative Conference

FASNY was organized in 1872 for the purpose of protecting the interests of volunteer firefighters in New York State. Part of FASNY’s stated mission is to maintain, support and serve the volunteer fire service and the public they serve through legislation. FASNY has a Legislative Committee and a Legislative Representative to fulfill this mission.

Every fall, FASNY conducts its annual Legislative Conference. This year, the Conference is in Albany at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on November 4-5. In preparation for the Conference, the Legislative Committee compiles a comprehensive list of possible legislative items with a brief description of each item. The Legislative Committee develops this list by reviewing items from the prior year’s legislative agenda, by soliciting input from sectional and county organizations and by discussing emerging issues with other FASNY committees and individual FASNY members.

At the Legislative Conference, the various proposals are discussed with the Legislative Committee and the FASNY Legislative Representative with the membership in attendance. Throughout the Conference, proposed legislative items are reviewed, debated and refined. After thorough discussion of the issues, the sectional organizations make recommendations for the FASNY Scorecard.

In addition, the FASNY members present at the Conference can add or withhold their recommendations during the course of Saturday and Sunday’s deliberations. The Legislative Committee then refines and prioritizes the issues in preparation for bill introduction in consultation with the Legislative Representative.

The Legislative Committee and Legislative Representative present a final agenda of introduced legislation to the FASNY Board of Directors. After the Board approves the final legislative agenda, the Legislative Committee and Legislative Representative lead the lobbying and advocacy activities. The Legislative Committee continues the process by submitting a monthly legislative report to the FASNY Board of Directors. The Board may adjust the FASNY Scorecard from time to time based on changing events and circumstances during the legislative year.

All bills on the 2017-18 agenda will need new sponsors and bill numbers.

 

Agenda for the Fall 2017 Legislative Conference:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FASNY Legislative Committee meets with sectional and county legislative chairs
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Regional legislative caucuses
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Final meeting of sectional and county legislative chairs
Sunday, November 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. 84th Annual Legislative Conference

  1. Welcome by President Kenneth Pienkowski
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Invocation
  4. Special guest speaker from New York State Comptroller’s office
  5. Golden Trumpet Award presentation
  6. Presentation of legislative program
    by Legislative Committee Chairman Robin Schott and the FASNY Legislative Representative
  7. Closing by President Kenneth Pienkowski

A housing block is available at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211.

Phone (800) 448-3500 or (518) 869-8100.

You must call by October 19 to receive a special rate. Callers must identify themselves as members of the “FASNY Legislative Conference 2017.”