On May 8, members of the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) visited the New York State Capitol to raise awareness of the importance and impact of associations to the life and success of the State, as well as make elected officials aware that ESSAE is the “go-to” source on all matters relating to associations.

For its advocacy day, a group of association advocates met with representatives from 10 state republican and democratic offices. They spoke with policymakers and their staffs about power and impact of state associations, including job creation, workforce development, community enrichment and quality of life enhancement.

“It should come as no surprise that the Power of A message extends to the local/state level. In fact, that’s where it begins. Our advocacy day transformed our association leaders into advocates for associations.  Legislators were receptive to the message of job creation, community and workforce development. ESSAE is honored to participate in ASAE’s Power of A in New York State,” said Thomas J. Coté, MBA, CAE, ESSAE Board Chair, Executive Director at the Academy of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition | Vice President of Strategic Development and Association Management at Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.

Data points shared with the legislators include:

  • NYS ranks second in the highest membership organization employment in the nation (California ranks first).
  • NYS ranks third in the nation for number of registered 501(c)3s—with 77,072 organizations; and fifth in the nation for number of registered 501(c)6s—with 2,883 organizations.
  • NYS membership associations bring in over $11 billion in annual revenue.
  • NYS ranks third in the nation in total membership association assets—with $28.1 billion in value (Massachusetts is first; California is second).
  • NYS professional associations are out front in:
    • Educating the workforce
    • Volunteering in the community
    • Community Service

“This year’s advocacy day afforded ESSAE the opportunity to introduce itself to New York State government as the “go-to” resource for the association industry. Associations enrich communities and make positive change. Legislators now have a better understanding of the impact associations have on New York State’s economy and community,” said Vanessa E. LaClair, CMP, Executive Director.

For guidance or materials for your local fly-in, please contact Mary Kate Cunningham, ASAE Public Policy Department staff, at 202-626-2787 or mcunningham@asaecenter.org.