Director of Marketing & Communications
just a regular person. To me, the political world is interesting and frustrating and a bit mysterious. My breadth of legislative knowledge has certainly improved since my start at
but still just average.
On a recent trip to Albany, I was able to go up to the Capitol with lobbyist Peter Carr to meet with a legislator on a member issue. First, the Capitol is beautiful. Old and ornate. The main building feels like a special place to be. A place where big things happen. But what you notice right away is the number of people in the hallways. Groups united by a cause, an issue, a stance. They gather in every corner, space and talk strategy then break apart to bring their message to individual
offices. There is something magical about the unity they bring.
That day had several groups ascending. The education groups, a union force and the scaffolding crew, just to name a few. As we bobbed and weaved in the halls and fought for an elevator - it hit me - there are so many people standing up for so many issues that if you
be heard. That old saying “squeaky wheel gets the grease” is very true here.
At one time I would have thought that due to so many people there you would just blend in, but experiencing it I see that you and your issue will stand out when you are there to stand up, be heard and be counted.
Sitting in the
office watching team after team come in, it becomes very apparent how valuable this face time is. Your face with a cause, your business story, it adds an aspect to a legislator that makes that issue memorable. Yes, our lobbyists are in Albany every day furthering our goals. But
SO important for us to contribute, too, by showing up to put our face, from their district, with the issue we need action on. I equate it to voting in the presidential election. Will my one vote be the deciding factor? Most likely not. However, if everyone who shared your point of view said that and chose not to vote, then where does that leave you? So yes, it does matter. You can't always count on someone else to do it for you. You have to take
to voice your own opinions in whatever way you can.
your legislators offices to express your views and share your story are one such opportunity.
need to know or understand every issue, have political knowledge or even an outgoing personality, just show up.
guide you and it will make a difference.
"I hate to be a kicker,
I always long for peace,
But the wheel that does the squeaking,
Is the one that gets the grease."
~ Josh Billings
one day, a fun experience with a group and a great thing to share with clients. We need to have the impact of a full room in this election year.
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