Elections & Youth Financial Literacy Topics at Buffalo/Niagara Legislative Night

(Albany, NY) – The Buffalo and Niagara chapters of the Credit Union Association of New York recently held a joint legislative reception to dialogue with legislators and discuss financial education.

More than 45 credit unionists gathered at the Classic V in Amherst to meet/hear from Assemblyman Ray Walter (R-Buffalo/Niagara), staff representatives for Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo/Niagara) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Buffalo), and Erie County Comptroller David Schenk.

In addressing the group, Assemblyman Walter shared his appreciation for credit unions’ commitment to their members and to small business owners.

Those in attendance also watched a presentation by Simone Fancher-Rowan, director of Marketing & PR at Clarence Community & Schools FCU (CCSFCU), on the New York Credit Union Foundation’s Money & Me program. CCSFCU successfully used the program to educate high school students on money management.

“The evening was a wonderful opportunity for the area’s credit union executives and volunteers to meet with lawmakers and/or their representatives in a casual, friendly atmosphere,” said Marie Betti, CEO, Western New York FCU and Association board director. “We were able to update them on what credit unions in their districts are doing for their constituents and discuss the upcoming elections.”

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 95 years. New York credit unions have assets of more than $53 billion and serve 4.5 million members. To learn more about the Association, visit

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