HSC was in Albany on Tuesday, March 1st to bring the message of the Who Cares? I Do. Campaign to State legislators and fellow human services lobbyists. The day began early with Executive Director of HSC, Michael Stoller, addressing the COFCCA Lobby Day Orientation to tell participants more about the campaign so that they could inform their legislators of how the campaign unifies the human services sector across the State. The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) is the principal representative for nearly all the voluntary, not-for-profit organizations providing foster care, adoption, family preservation, and special education services in New York State.
HSC then had meetings with Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Senator Diane Savino, who both Chair the Children and Families Committees, and Megan Baldwin, from Senate Finance, Children and Families. Michael Stoller introduced HSC and the Who Cares? I Do. Campaign. Deputy Executive Director of HSC, Allison Sesso, discussed savings and revenue proposals to preserve human services programs and Shana Mosher, HSC Policy Analyst, talked about ensuring that the State makes good on its promise to close the juvenile detention facilities in upstate New York.
The final meeting of the day was with Assembly Member Robin Schimminger, Chair of Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce & Industry, to discuss the human services sector as an economic engine in the State that provides a positive return on investment. Denise Harlow, from New York State Community Action Association, joined HSC to represent human services agencies upstate.
HSC also dropped off flyers to all State legislators offices outlining the Who Cares? I Do. Campaign hoping they will all sign our petition!
Contributed by Stephanie Hakes
of the Human Services Council of NYC