We need at least 10-12 people going up to Albany every week at least until August
to press our issue. It really should not be same group going every week. It seems like a
lot of time to be spending away from our usual routines but this is the
only way we can hope to get our issues taken seriously this legislative
session and (god forbid) the next. We usually leave from the 'L' cafe (Bedford and N. 7th) at 7:45AM on
What is a typical day in Albany like?
A typical lobbying day is spent meeting with representatives or their staff
with whom we have made appointments the previous week. Nobody meets with
anyone by themselves. Usually the more experienced people from our group do
all the talking (Michael Kriegh goes every week and is one of our regular
reps as are Peggy Reynolds and Mery Lynn Mc Corkle). Our chief goal in
sending different people each week is to put a face on our issue.
Often people will be asked to tell their story. Anyone who has suffered at the hands of a greedy
landlord or who is facing losing their business because they are being
thrown out of their live-work space has a story to tell these people. They
need to know that the loft crisis affects genuine working people who
contribute to the cultural scene in New York.
We give them cards and
informational gimmicks that help them remember who we are until the next
time we come back. Sometimes we get to have our picture taken with the
politicians. (!!) We usually have a meeting with Vito Lopez and his staff
over lunch about how we are doing and who we should talk to he following
week. Vito usually springs for the pizza. We think it might be his favorite
food. After lunch it is more meetings and sometimes a trip to the Senate
chambers to hear bills being presented and such. (This is where you
sometimes get to cheer for your heroes.)
Business is concluded before five
o'clock and we are usually back in the city by 8:00pm or so.
Peggy Reynolds -- [email protected]