UFA Lobby Day April 28th - All Hands Needed

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Our annual lobby day will take place this year on April 28th. Once again, we are asking all of our members to make themselves available to travel to Albany to support our legislative agenda. Our priority legislation remains the restoration of disability protections for our Tier III members. Over the past few weeks, we have been ramping up the pressure on the City Council to provide a Home Rule Message so that Albany can act and pass this legislation. We have launched an ad campaign, started online petitioning, held rallies, and have been meeting with key Council members to ensure that we have their support. City Council leadership and the Mayor remain opposed to restoration of the disability protections for our new members. We remain hopeful that, with the support of an overwhelming majority of Council members, leadership will be forced to grant a hearing on the home rule and ultimately pass it. (See resolution 474-2014) We will continue to need your support for rallies and press conferences to fix this injustice. If you have not already done so, please Sign the Petition, like us on Facebook, and Tweet your support #standwithbravest.

The UFA is also working on having the disability protection included in the NYS budget. This would eliminate the need for a home rule message from the NYC Council. The NYS Senate has included it in their budget resolution and is currently negotiating with the Governor and NYS Assembly. We will continue to meet with the NYS Assembly and the Governor’s office to viding for disability protections for Tier III members. Although the budget is due April 1st, there are numerous issues that need to be worked out, including an ethics proposal and education related measures. It is possible that our disability protection will not be in the language of the final adopted budget, so we will continue to push for a home rule from the City Council.

As in years past, the UFA will provide transportation to and from Albany leaving from various locations. Delegates should compile a list of all members that need transportation along with their preferred departure location

Schedule of Events
  • 10:00 - Firefighters arrive at Capitol - 90 State Street*. Lunch will be served. Speakers have been invited to address our members.
  • 12:15 - Break off into small groups and proceed into Legislative Office Building (LOB) to lobby your individual legislators.

  • If you have not already done so, please look up the legislator for both your home address and firehouse address. This can be done HERE.

  • 4:00 - Group Photo. Assemble on plaza of Capitol on the West side of the building.
  • 4:30 - Buses depart

*90 State Street is located on State Street between S. Pearl St & Lodge St. Take the NYS Thruway (I-87) North to Exit 23. After the toll, follow to I-787 North. Take Exit 4 and follow the signs to Broadway by turning left at the 1st traffic light. Continue on Broadway and turn left on State Street. Continue up State Street to the 1st traffic light. 90 State will be the 2nd building on the left. Several parking garages are available in the area.

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UFA Lobby Day - April 28th

The UFA will be having a Lobby Day in Albany on Tuesday, April 28th. As in years past, the UFA will provide transportation to and from Albany leaving from various locations. Delegates should compile a list of all members that need transportation along with their preferred departure location.

UFA Lobby Day Pick Up Locations and Times

Below is the pick-up locations and times for Lobby Day. If any problems arise that day, please call the UFA at 212-545-6978 and ask to speak with Debbie Lynch.

Class A Uniforms are required for all attendees.

Register to Vote

In order to be eligible to vote in the general election on November 4th!

The easiest way to register to vote is online through the DMV's Web site HERE. MyDMV requires you to create an online account, completely removing any paper from the process. Anyone with a NYS driver's license is eligible to register online.

Another simple tool to register to vote is through the Board of Elections website, (for NYC Residents) HERE or (outside of NYC) HERE. Just complete the form, print, and put it in the mail. If you have any questions, please reach out to your delegate.

The first step in getting involved in the political process is registering to vote.