NYAIL

 Please join us Monday, February 12th, 2018

in Albany, New York

Join us for NYAIL's annual Legislative Day! By all accounts, with a projected $4.4 billion budget deficit, this is set to be the toughest budget in several years. Despite this, we have a number of important priorities that need additional funding this year. This makes it more important than ever that we have a strong showing for our Legislative Day! 

General Information

The 2018 Legislative Day is scheduled for Monday, February 12th. Check-in will begin at 10:00 a.m. (RSVP info below) and the opening program, with invited speakers, will be held from 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. in the Well of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in downtown Albany.

This year's NYAIL Legislative Day will be held in collaboration with the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS). 

Preliminary Schedule

10:00 a.m. Check-in: Each participant will receive a packet of materials and copies of the 2018 Disability Priority Agenda to distribute to legislators.
Location: The Well of the Legislative Office Building

11:00 a.m. Opening Rally:
Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of NYAIL
Bryan O'Malley, Executive Director of CDPAANYS
Invited Guest Speaker(s) TBA
Location: The well of the Legislative Office Building

12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own (not provided)

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Member center meetings with legislators and packet "drop-offs": Make your center's appointments now.

**We ask centers to avoid scheduling meetings during the opening program to ensure a large presence in the Well to hear our speakers and show our strength!**

2018 Disability Priority Agenda:
NYAIL's 2018 Disability Priority Agenda with legislative priorities will be available soon. NYAIL will also prepare a response to the 2018-19 Executive Budget for participants to use in their meetings with legislators.

Stay tuned for information regarding a 2018 Disability Priority Agenda conference call review session! 

Registration and Attendance Details

RSVP: 
If you plan to attend, PLEASE RSVP no later than Monday, February 5th to Aurie Mercer, Office Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 518-465-4650 so that NYAIL can make arrangements for the expected number of attendees. Note that ILCs must schedule their own meetings with local legislators, and we encourage you to do so as soon as possible!

Sign Language Interpreter Requests:
NYAIL will arrange for interpreters on a first-come, first-served basis for those member ILCs that let us know their needs no later than Friday, January 26th. Please contact Aurie Mercer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-465-4650 to submit your requests.

Member Center Exhibit Tables:
Exhibit tables will be available through RSVP for NYAIL member ILCs in the Well of the LOB. Your ILC's visibility is assured if you plan now to bring informational materials! Table availability is by RSVP only, and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. (Please note: Electricity is not available at the exhibit tables). Contact Aurie Mercer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-465-4650 by Friday, January 26th to reserve a table.

Hotel Accommodations:
NYAIL will NOT be reserving rooms for Legislative Day participants. If you would like recommendations for area hotels, please contact Aurie Mercer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-465-4650.

Member Center Accessible Parking:
We are working to reserve accessible parking spaces at the Empire State Plaza for staff and consumers from NYAIL member ILCs. Reserved accessible parking will be on a first come, first served basis. Note that buses will NOT be allowed entrance to the reserved spaces. Please submit your accessible parking requests to Aurie Mercer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-465-4650 by Friday, February 2nd. For each vehicle you are requesting parking for, you MUST include the following information or your registration cannot be processed:

  • The type of parking space being requested
    • standard car/minivan space for non-raised vehicle
    • double car/minivan space for non-raised accessible vehicle
    • double van space for raised accessible van
  • Driver’s name (or name of someone guaranteed to be in the vehicle)
  • Plate number of vehicle
  • Make/Model of vehicle

General Parking Information:
For your convenience, please find below several parking options in the area of the Legislative Office Building. All rates are $5-$20 per day.

  • P-3 North Lot / V-Lot
    Location: Under the Empire State Plaza; visitor parking (V is the sign) is the 3rd right turn under the ESP coming up from 787, using the "Empire State Plaza" exit.
    Handicap parking available.

      NOTE: Visitors are required to show photo identification upon entry and all vehicles are subject to search by the State Police.

  • Cathedral Lot
    Location: Left side of NYS Museum as you are looking at the Museum; on Madison Ave. between the cross-streets of Eagle St.and Museum Rd.
    No charge for entry after 3:00 p.m. Handicap and oversized parking available.
  • Madison Avenue Lot / Madison Visitor Parking Lot
    Location: Right side of NYS Museum as you are looking at the Museum; on Madison Ave. between the cross-streets of Museum Rd. and South Swan St.
    No charge for entry after 3:00 p.m. Handicap and oversized parking available.
  • Grand Street Lot
    Location: East/below the Empire State Plaza; located at the intersection of Grand St. and Hamilton St.
    No charge for entry after 2:00 p.m.

Interactive Map of Parking Facilities for Downtown Albany: Albany Parking Lots Map (PDF)

For More Information: 
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Legislative Day activities, please feel free to contact us:

  • Aurie Mercer, Office Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Meghan Parker, Director of Advocacy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lindsay Miller, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • NYAIL office phone: 518-465-4650

We look forward to seeing you and others from your center at NYAIL's Legislative Day!