The Advocacy Institute is hosting a summer series on the fundamentals of legislative advocacy, with a special focus on Hudson Valley and Western New York. The sessions are a chance for you, your members and your coalition to learn how to strategically develop a legislative or budget campaign, identify the key players you need to get on your side to move it forward, and navigate the state legislative and budget processes. The final two dates will focus on issues and the advocacy landscape in Hudson Valley and Western New York, and will feature guest speakers from these regions. Throughout, we’ll provide opportunities for participants from different regions to connect with each other – a crucial part of any successful statewide campaign.

Session 1: Setting the Stage

In this session, we review the differences between advocacy and lobbying and discuss strategic considerations as you begin to build out your campaign.

Session 2: Who’s Who New York State

In this session, we review the key players in the New York State government.

Session 3: Legislative & Budget Process

In this session, we review the processes to get a bill passed or a budget demand met at the state level. We also dive into strategies to develop relationships with your targets for state-level advocacy.