Lobbying Tips

Lobbying Tips - Advocacy 101

State University of New York encourages all friends of the University to engage in the political process and directly communicate with their representatives in the New York State Senate and Assembly. Our web site provides basic information regarding legislation that impacts SUNY. 

SUNY suggests that interested New Yorker's contact their local members of the Senate and Assembly when important legislative issues arise. For instance, if the State Legislature has approved a budget plan for higher education spending in the next fiscal year and you feel it shortchanges the state's investment in SUNY. You should consider contacting your members of the State Legislature to ensure lawmakers hear a strong message of support for an increased state investment in SUNY! Your voice really makes a difference!

Tips on Meeting a Member of Legislature or a Member of the Staff

A personal visit with your state Senator or Assemblyperson is an effective way to emphasize your interest in an issue or bill. Some tips for meeting a Legislator to urge support or opposition to legislation:

Tips on Writing to a State Legislator

The suggested address and style is:

The Honorable _________________
New York State Senate
Albany, New York 12247

Dear Senator __________________

- OR -

The Honorable ___________________
New York State Assembly
Albany, New York 12248

Dear Assemblyman
or Assemblywoman ______________

Tips on Telephone Calls

Source: College Board

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