Credit union supporters advocate in Albany at NYCUA’s State GAC

ALBANY, NY (May 1, 2015) — Credit union advocates from every corner of the state were in Albany this week to meet with lawmakers during the New York Credit Union Association’s State Governmental Affairs Conference. Held April 28-29, the conference provided attendees with numerous opportunities to connect with lawmakers and discuss important credit union legislative issues.

Tuesday’s general session began with an update from NYCUA Vice President of Compliance Mike Carter. The compliance update included the latest information on the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, privacy notices, risk-based capital, fixed assets, Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Regulation CC and potential upcoming actions from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Credit Union Administration.

Following Carter’s presentation, the group heard from Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mike Lanotte, who discussed the state’s new field of membership law. Lanotte was joined on stage by Ruth Adams, deputy superintendent of regional and community banks for the state Department of Financial Services. Together, the two discussed the similarities and differences between the state and federal charter, and how a new state charter law signed last year will benefit many credit unions.

Tuesday’s session also included: a discussion on Lucky Savers, the prize-linked savings program that is launching in New York later this year; a legislative briefing; and a legislative reception, allowing attendees to network with state lawmakers from both chambers of the Legislature.

Wednesday, nearly 150 credit union advocates visited the state Capitol to lobby for credit union issues and thank lawmakers for supporting pro-credit union legislation. Notably, the attendees advocated for municipal depository choice, data breach legislation, and participation in the state funds deposit program. The advocates also discussed the history, structure and cooperative philosophies of credit unions and highlighted stories from the newly published 2014 MORE Report.

“Once again, the credit union message was heard loud and clear by our lawmakers during this year’s State GAC,” said NYCUA President and CEO William J. Mellin. “All of the credit union advocates who participated in this year’s conference did a tremendous job of relaying the credit union difference to our elected officials.”

Pictures from the event are available on NYCUA’s Facebook page.

The New York Credit Union Association has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 98 years. With more than 5 million memberships, New York credit union assets total more than $68 billion. To learn more about NYCUA, visit To find a credit union or learn more about the credit union movement, visit

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